#Blerd Joy!: Black Folktalkes Being Made Into Comic Books!

English: "aunt jemima"

English: “aunt jemima” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes Please! Yes Yes Yes. Yes. and More Yes!!!!! Anyone read even marginally on folktales in the US would realize that Joel Chandler Harris, recorder of the tales of Brer Rabbit constructed Uncle Remus as the uneducated inarticulate black stereotypical male. It was this articulation that, while Harris was against lynching, he still passively accepted the white supremacist myth that blacks inability to learn English properly would make them basically extinct (a popular belief about blacks back then was that descendents of Africans were not meant to survive in the 20th century). The mythology behind Aunt Jemima (not the invention of JCH) is similar, the domesticated, asexual mother of a people on the brink of destruction.  Her agency is to comfort and to remain a passive object in the face of white supremacist domination.

One of the best ways to fight white supremacy is to attack the false myths that imprison the souls of People of color. Given the rise of comics that are inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ fairytales (as well as the tv shows we discussed last year), I love the idea that there a company writing Remus and Jemima as superheroes. It’s quite subversive. Re-imagining Aunt Jemima as someone with great cosmic abilities, and Remus as someone who can “manipulate reality in a person’s mind… The victim becomes trapped in an alternate reality.” is something I would love to buy. If this goes all the way and become a graphic novel. I am purchasing.


Yes. Please. Thank you Dawolu Jabari Anderson.

For more, see the link below:

Uncle Remus And Aunt Jemima Reimagined As Superheroes? Why Not?


Cropped image from the title page of Uncle Rem...

Cropped image from the title page of Uncle Remus, His Songs and His Sayings: The Folk-Lore of the Old Plantation, by Joel Chandler Harris. Illustrations by Frederick S. Church and James H. Moser. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1881. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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