Because, you know, only white people can play Norse God Roles:
Part of this that is underlying the anger is that there is a significant Norse pagan(is that correct?) religious movement in the White Supremacist movement.
Kyle Rogers sent a message to the members of Council of Conservative Citizens.
Kyle RogersDecember 15, 2010 at 10:45am
Subject: Boycott Thor by Marvel Studios
Marvel Comics has a long history of promoting the extreme left-wing that goes all the way back to the 60’s. Just last year, the comic book company declare war on the TEA Party movement.
Now Marvel has taken their anti-white, radical campaign even further. They cast a black man as a Norse Deity in their new movie Thor, coming out May 6th, 2011. Even though Marvel co-produces an explicitly pro-black (and anti-white) cartoon for BET, they don’t think white people should have anything that is uniquely their own. Not even their own mythology and folk tales!
CofCC webmaster Kyle Rogers has launched a new website called http://www.boycott-thor.com and a facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Thor2011-by-Marvel-Studios
Visit these sites and click the “like” button on the facebook page.
The actor in question is Idris Elba, Stringer Bell on The Wire. He’s an incredibly talented actor who has played Achilles and has had several recent roles in comedies that were hysterical (Office and The C Word). Never mind that Shakespeare is often cross culturally cast, it’s a black guy!
It’s only morons like Rogers above that don’t understand that the amount of melanin in one’s skin does not make those with other levels of melanin them. But no one accused the Council of Conservative Citizens of being smart.
Brett Schenker at Graphic Policy, a great comics blog for those interested in such things, posted on this last week and I haven’t had time to follow up.
Andrew Belonsky at Death and Taxes also addresses it with this:
Though many politicians previously connected to the Council have disavowed its racist agenda — that list includes high profile leaders like Mike Huckabee, Bob Barr and Haley Barbour — the group has been defended by equally powerful leaders, like Ann Coulter, and this year collaborated with Tea Party groups in Florida and Mississippi to help elect our new conservative Congress. Their racism is real, and definitely worth keeping tabs on. That doesn’t mean, of course, the Council and its followers aren’t still totally ridiculous.
While we all know it’s great fun to hypothesize on the economics of superheroism, the majority of people know that Thor, Captain America and all those other costumed wonders aren’t a depiction of real life. Sure, the Council needs to work out its racist tendencies — America as a “European nation,” c’mon — but would also do well to suspend disbelief for a second and enjoy the show, because they’re doing nothing more than making themselves look like complete idiots.
A bit of irony with Barbour today, but you get the gist. Andrew indicates Barbour denounced them, I’m not sure that’s entirely correct, but his brother has also met with the Mississippi Chapter and attended their events–as has Hailey in the past.
Barbour today defended the Citizen’s Councils as not racist, but all evidence is to the contrary. For a really offensive rant from one of their Board Members Earl Holt, go here—he sent that to me several years ago. And Holt was a Board Member well after he sent me that e-mail.
The Council of Conservative Citizens was recreated from the Citizen’s Council years ago by Gordon Baum who was an organizer for the Citizen’s Council. Baum was the CEO for years and is still involved in governing the organization. It has long fancied itself as a reputable group, but that’s just bullshit. They are racist assholes who happen not wear hoods. While they have become increasingly irrelevant to the mainstream, many have been active in the Tea Party. Now, some in the Tea Party have shunned them (good for them), but they still attend and brag about how great the movement is when you read their blogs and newspapers.
“You heard of the Citizens Councils? Up north they think it was like the KKK. Where I come from it was an organization of town leaders. In Yazoo City they passed a resolution that said anybody who started a chapter of the Klan would get their ass run out of town. If you had a job, you’d lose it. If you had a store, they’d see nobody shopped there. We didn’t have a problem with the Klan in Yazoo City.”
The entire existence of the Citizen’s Council was to fight for segregation–Barbour is trying to rewrite history. To the extent they deterred the Klan it was only to put a better face on white supremacy and segregation. They were town leaders, but let’s be clear what that meant–they were leading the town to continue segregation and white supremacy.