X-men fans like to speak of the parable that is of the downtrodden mutant living in a world where they are surrounded by scowling, horrendous, racists mutant haters. Its a manner of pride that the X-men are not only just fighting bad guys to uphold a civil and just world, but that they are also championing a world of equality and co-existence. 40 plus years into their struggle, the X-men have made some very remarkable strides in their fight against the narrow minds of the world at large.
Unfortunately, the X-men themselves are no saints. One starts to wonder what kind of person it takes to persevere in a world that has tried time and time again to kill, eradicate, cull, and cure their kind. What kind of resolve does it take to not fall prey to same hate that they are a victim to time and time again? Do the X-men have it? No. No, they do not.
Ladies and Gentleman, let me introduce you to....
While perusing the Neal Adams Visionairies trade(X-men Vol 1 # 56-63,65), in hopes of unlocking the secrets that Brubaker has been alluding to in his X-men: Deadly Genesis, I've come across some deadly secrets of my own that most, if not all, X-men fans have forgotten. That's right, X-racism. Only 56 issues of the X-men being feared and hunted, and already they are starting to exhibit traits of those that which they fight against: prejudice.
Whilst trying to rescue Havok from the Living Pharaoh, the X-men are attacked by Egyptian police who attack them unprovoked. Upset and aggravating, Cyclops lets the optic blasts fly. But that's not the only thing he lets fly...
I don't believe there's any room for the term "camel jockey" in a peaceful world of mutant-human peaceful coexistence.
With Cyclops setting a horrible example for the impressionable teens that are under his charge, it is only a matter time before the other team members follow suit. However, the problem becomes much worse. Not only do they try to alienate themselves by acting as the poster child for bigots, they fight amongest each other. It is both shocking and revolting to see the X-men fall back on insulting each other's abilities in the midst of combat. Surely, not the well functioning team that most X-fans are used to seeing.
Iceman's verbal berating of the Beast's state of origin is not only despicable, its Un-American. Last time I checked, there was no "State Elitism" in team. Starts to make you wonder if that the only reason Wolverine's Canadian nationality is tolerated on the team is because he's a loose cannon psychopath that has killed his team mates before in the past.
You would think that being subject to inexcusable behavior, that a respectable man like the Beast would be above such cheap shots. Nope. Beast is a Republican.
I thought about posting his more vehement displays of bigotry, but decided against itfor fear of upsetting my 4 readers. (Hey, Kelvin! Ragnell, what's cracking? What's up, Earth-2 Leigh! Word is bond, Tony! Hi! Hey! What's the dealio?!)
In light of all this, you might find yourself questioning the X-men's stance in the realm of mutant-human relations. I wondered if Magneto was really all that bad. Maybe he was just mislabeled an evil man because he did not believe in Xavier's Dream. It makes sense. If I had laid witness to the persecution of the jews during the Holocaust like Magneto himself was, I too might think twice about joining forces with Professor X. Does he really hate all humans as much as he says he does? Or has he been given a bad rep by those who claim to seek a better world, yet so carelessly let offensive remarks slip from their tongue so easily?
You know....as long as we keep Bendis away from it, a world led by Magneto probably wouldn't be so bad.