THE HATE U GIVE
We launched BLACK with the expectation that the concept of “what if only black people had superpowers” might be controversial. The reality is that, even in fiction, adversity to speaking candidly about black experiences in America still exists. It can be jarring to people who have no perspective on, or are willfully ignorant of, the very real inequalities based on race.
Too often, responses to black truths range from dismissal to denial to anger. Yet, that’s precisely why I wrote WHITE – to explore this negative reaction to blackness. To examine where such responses come from and articulate it through comics and a wider look at the BLACKSUPERPOWER world.
To that end, dear readers, expect comments on this campaign, and future posts, to be inundated with that nonacceptance, repudiation, vitriol – even outright lies. My hope is this won’t be the case, and that none of it is aimed at any of you. If it is, please know it isn’t personal – hate isn’t rational. It doesn’t seek reason, it seeks to hurt and to harm.
Ignore them. Instead, show them where you stand in backing our project so that we can continue to make comics – representing for the culture and telling stories that reflect black truths while entertaining readers.
Thank you for your continued support.
(I am because of you)