“Mutants and Inhumans, brutally beaten and piled in the street - like garbage. What has happened here? Dear God, why? Why again?!”
- MAGNETO #09
This is why it makes me so angry when people erase that Magneto is a Holocaust Survivor in their critiques of the diversity of the X-Men movies. Do you have any idea what it means to descendants of survivors to have a character in mainstream cinema say “never again,” with its intended purpose and then to have what happened to him dismissed as not representing “real” oppression because he’s White?
Here’s this popular, mainstream character, and people use him as a stand-in for everything from their shipping head-cannons to metaphors for every oppressed group except the one he is actually from. He’s a Jewish Holocaust Survivor. This is explicit damn text. He had children with a Romani Holocaust Survivor. This is also explicit damn text.
Anti-semitism is real. The Holocaust happened. It killed people who don’t neatly fit into the White/PoC binary tumblr loves so much. And just like in Magneto’s nightmares, if we aren’t vigilant, it can happen again.
Magneto is your damned reminder.