Date: 2017-04-21 02:25 pm (UTC)
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You are talking about backdrop. I am saying this should be part of the main plot. Of course I think this is insufficient.

Rage starts off in conflict with the Americops, is unfairly and brutally beaten by them, and then decides that the real problem is the disproportionate number of black men being incarcerated in the US. Rage acts like he's privileged, like his Avengers connections would prevent him from being treated like an average black man - but he's already been beaten by the police! He's already a living example of how black men are unfairly treated by law enforcement! Why isn't he upset about the injustices he's already suffered, instead of seeking to prove a point by forgoing 'special treatment'? Why does he need to go through this whole self-inflicted song and dance when it's so utterly redundant?

I suspect the answer is that Nick Spencer doesn't actually understand the emotional resonance of police brutality, and thus feels like he needs to 'add on' to it in order to raise the stakes, inadvertently losing track of his plot in the process. Yes, this is all 'one filthy whole' in that racism in the US is institutional and pervasive, but the sheer expanse of it makes it even more idiotic to haphazardly leap from one aspect to the next.
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