Mar. 28th, 2011

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I’ve never been able to look at Roy Harper and not see DC’s wasted opportunity to give the role of Green Arrow’s sidekick/ward to an American Indian, as well as the appropriation of Navajo culture. Bad enough that the few visible American Indian characters in various media are exoticized, fetishized, and cliched; using Navajo culture for the purpose of providing a white boy a reason to be good with a bow and arrows (and of *course* he’s better than the Navajo kids) turns my stomach.

And yeah, I know that at the time Roy Harper was introduced, the likelihood of him not being white was pretty much nil, but you know, that’s where the appropriation thing kicks in and gets my back up. It’s skewed my view of the character, and maybe that’s not fair, but it’s an old, tired strain I’m sick of listening to, and I don’t have to be fair.

Roy Harper leaves a sour taste in my mouth. Always has, always will.

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