As a child, I was an avid comic book reader. X-Men, Avengers and Fantastic Four from Marvel, Justice League, Legion of Superheroes and Teen Titans from DC. But if you had access to my footlocker filled with close to a thousand bagged comic books, you would probably conclude that I preferred Marvel comic books over the ones published by DC.
And you would be right.
One Marvel series that I got a kick out of reading asked one simple question: What if…? The series featured the omnipresent and omnipotent Watcher, and placed a number of Marvel’s greatest heroes in precarious situations. But as I inch closer to the end of my first novel, I also find myself thinking about its beginnings, how I too asked the question “What if…?”
What if black people were the powerful? What would they do with all their power and influence? Would they seek retribution and revenge for all the pain and suffering they had to endure under slavery and Jim Crow? I tend to think they would use their power and influence to unite rather than divide.
Why, you ask?
Because they are enlightened to the fact all individuals and groups should be treated fairly, and are deserving of respect.
Does that mean they forget the sins that were and continue to be committed against them? No. If anything, they would do whatever is necessary to expose Jim Crow criminals and the companies that profited from the uncompensated labor provided by Africans and African Americans. They would also enlighten Americans of all hues to the fact that Republicans in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the American government have been co-opted the most by the Corporate Cabal. In this scenario, the Corporate Cabal’s very existence relies on maintaining a system of Haves and Have-Nots, with members of the Black Diaspora being cast in the role of bottom-feeders. And in an era where the United States has elected its first black president, they will oppose Republican legislators who think it is good policy to make life more difficult for middle and working class Americans.