“No Black Man Can be Captain America.” We May Want to Rethink That!


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No Black man can be Captain America and no self-respecting African American should want to be it either. That’s the advice that Isaiah Bradley, an African American Korean War veteran and super soldier who was imprisoned and experimented on for thirty years, has for Sam Wilson, the Falcon, in the Disney Marvel series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. And that is a lot, especially considering that Steve Rogers (the original Captain) had asked Sam, the African American airman who became his right hand, teammate  and best friend, to accept the shield and continue as Captain America. But, is “America” ready for a Black Captain America?

At first glance, it seems like these series are about how the Falcon becomes Captain America- but there is so much more than that. So, let’s start unpacking. These series are about present-day United States of America and it focuses on Black Lives…

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