Saxon is a caricature of what left-leaning white people believe wrong-thinking whites would easily desire seeing in all popular culture were it not for their bravery in maintaining proper decorum and rigid control of the levers of power.
In our more enlightened world, we get the inverse of Storm Saxon, a character immediately revealing the true nature of power in 2018 America.
Black power, that is. [On ‘Black Lightning,’ a Superhero Takes On Race, Justice and the Real World, NY Times, 1-9-18]:
It is a disturbingly familiar scene: a black motorist standing outside his car on a rainy night, arguing with the white police officer who has pulled him over for seemingly no reason.
As this moment plays out in the opening minutes of “Black Lightning,” the CW series based on that DC superhero, the motorist in question is Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who stepped back from his role as a crime-fighting vigilante to focus on his civilian identity as a high-school principal and father to two teenage daughters.
Just when his roadside confrontation is about to cross a dangerous threshold, Pierce closes his eyes. When he reopens them, his pupils glow with angry electricity, the lights on the police car flicker out momentarily, and the cop lets Pierce go. Just a case of mistaken identity.
But in Pierce’s mind, he has decided that he must become Black Lightning again.
“Black Lightning,” which debuts on Jan. 16, shares its roots in the comic-book adventures that have yielded other CW shows like “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl.” But where those other programs often coat their real-world commentary in layers of allegory, “Black Lightning” takes on issues of race and social justice directly and unambiguously.
The confrontation between Pierce and the police officer is not just a metaphor for the experience of black people in contemporary America; it is drawn from the real life of Salim Akil, the show runner and an executive producer of “Black Lightning.”
Describing an incident in which he was halted just outside his office in Santa Monica, Calif., Mr. Akil said in a recent interview, “I had been stopped by the police quite a few times, but my anger in being stopped again was about to get me killed. I stopped putting on the mask of, this is how I’m supposed to act in these situations.”
“At a certain point,” he added, “I closed my eyes and took a moment. And I asked myself, is this really worth dying for?”
In that situation, Mr. Akil could not call on any superhuman abilities. But he sees “Black Lightning” and the platform it provides as a power in its own right.
“I’ve been given a gift,” Mr. Akil said of the show, “and I have to use it the way I think I’m intended to use it, to talk about the things I feel people need to talk about.”
Mr. Akil, who is credited with developing “Black Lightning,” has worked widely as a director of films (“Jumping the Broom”) and a writer, director and producer of television shows like “Girlfriends,” “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane,” series that were created by his wife, Mara Brock Akil. (They are also collaborating on shows for other networks, including the OWN comedy-drama “Love Is ___.”)
Ms. Akil, who is also an executive producer of “Black Lightning,” said she likes to think of her TV characters as possessing “black girl magic,” which she explained as “power without the suits or capes.” In childhood, she said she had an affection for more traditional superheroes like Wonder Womanand the Bionic Woman.
Mr. Akil’s youthful fascination with costumed crime-fighters was more complicated. Though he loved comic books so much that he wore a Batman costume to school one Halloween, he drifted away from the medium.
“I never saw a true representation — an iconic hero — for myself,” Mr. Akil said. “It just got boring, reading about all these really powerful and heroic white guys.”
This goes far, far beyond the trope of Storm Saxon. Outside of Hollywood and the mainstream media desperate to paint a picture of Freddie Gray and Michael Brown as entirely innocent little boys besieged by racist white police officers, I'm not sure the "disturbingly familiar scene" of a black motorist arguing with aggressive white police officers in the pouring rain has ever entered my mind.
It's entirely the inverse of the Storm Saxon character, a minor character within the universe Alan Moore created for V for Vendetta to help illustrate how a white racial government would inculcate its people into understanding the swarthy threat nonwhites poised to peace and stability within their utopian regime.
Black Lightning is nothing more than Storm Saxon, the latter a fictional character to help motivate the white population to hate nonwhites.
So what is the former? A black character to help motivate the black population to hate whites.
Who do you see commercials for in 2018 America and gushing New York Times articles promoting the impending debut for on television?