If you are like Kate and I then you are horrified about the actions of the current administration. All throughout the campaign, through his transition period, we were told not to take what Trump says seriously. He isn’t going to build a wall. He wasn’t going to ban an entire religion. He has seriously begun one and made steps to do the other. I’m almost afraid to turn on the news or go online. Even if you try to avoid social media, you can’t escape the outside world entirely. Really, for the first time, I truly feel afraid. I have now lived in New York City for almost nine years. I work on the World Trade Center. Everyday I am reminded of the terrible effects of what terrorism does to people, to cities, to nations and to the world. I see the hatred, but I also see what comes after. The love and caring for perfect strangers, the kindness that brings us all together after such horrific events. Since moving to New York, there have been two possible attacks and yet I have never been afraid. I have never been scared of being injured in a terrorist attack until the last couple of days. In one day, he has made us more of a target than we were before. He turned his back on our American ideals. I understand wanting to keep our country safe. I want to keep our country safe and the current Immigration Order will in no way keep us safe.
Last year I started reading Ms. Marvel Graphic Novels. Ms. Marvel’s alter-ego is Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American Muslim teenager from New Jersey. She is a normal American teenager. She reads comics and writes fan-fiction about the Avengers. When she meets her idols like Wolverine and Captain America she freaks out like any of us would. She cares for her friends and her family. Like most kids, she toes the line between fitting with her friends and making her parents proud. She is full of confidence and insecurities. She has doubts and fears about what she has done and what she could do. When she comes into her power, the first thing she does is save a fellow student who bullied her earlier in the comic without hesitation. When her best friend’s brother gets in trouble, she puts her fear aside and puts on her costume and goes to the rescue. She does this because her religion tells her to help others if she has the ability to. Isn’t that what we all should strive for? Isn’t that what we all should be doing? If you have the ability to help someone, shouldn’t you? Even if they are a stranger to you? Kamala Khan is a brave girl who goes out into her community and her city and helps those in need because she loves her city and community. She is brave. Muslim, Christian, Jewish, White, Black, Asian, LGBTQ+. We could all use a little bit of bravery right now. We all could use a little Ms. Marvel in us and we need to remind our representatives and our President of that, too. Ms. Marvel and Kamala Khan are the Heroes we need right now.
These are scary times indeed, and it’s very easy to get discouraged. It’s good to keep in mind, however, that heroes come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and religious backgrounds. There are stories to be told everywhere wherever you see a face that isn’t your own. It’s all a matter of trying to see beyond ourselves. Sorry if that sounds preachy or pretentious. I guess these last couple of weeks have really done a number on all of us.
It’s true though. We are conditioned to believe that heroes look a certain way, the beauty only looks a certain way That when it comes in other shapes, sizes and colors it not recognized. So we have to be more diligent when we see them to point it out until we don’t have to anymore. That’s what makes Ms. Marvel, Sam Wilson as Captain America, Jane Foster has Thor, Riri Williams as Ironheart, Miles Morales as Spider-man are so important because they challenge the idea of what a hero looks like. I don’t care if that sounds preachy or pretentious.
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I 110% agree. Kamala Khan is a breath of fresh air. I know she’s already super popular, but I can only hope that her popularity continues to rise! I, for one, am eager to see her on the big screen!
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