Comic Books and Racism

Vixen originalVixen nowThere is an excellent post over at Racialicious pointing out the whitewashing comic book character Vixen from black woman to white woman. The original Vixen is on the left, the new version on the right (right hand character). Apparently this has been done to justify casting Angelina Jolie in an upcoming film. The excising of black women and their invisibility in popular culture is a problem and whilst the original Vixen pictures aren’t perfect (note the bone necklace around her neck and probably use of hair relaxant etc) they do at least show a black woman.