Ugh Hal Jordan is white! So that’s not whitewashing.
Hal Jordan is white, but the Green Lantern who is most familiar to the mass audiences that movies are supposedly trying to capture is John Stewart, pictured on the left.
Yeah. John Stewart has been the Green Lantern in pretty much every DCAU production. In making Hal the star of the movie, they pretty much did exactly what John has complained of in the comics - everyone deeming him the “Black one” and Hal the default GL.
Choosing Hal over John (and not putting him in a history montage or cameo) was very deliberate, and goes beyond wanting to do an origins story.
Whitewashing isn’t limited to making characters white, but also includes choosing whose stories get to be told.
Can I get an AMEN on this.
Because we’re talking about comics.
Comics with multiverses and multiple iterations of many of their flagship characters.
So…y’know “Well, he’s the white GL” doesn’t actually fly.
Founder of a free school for slum children Rajesh Kumar Sharma, second from right, and Laxmi Chandra, right, write on black boards, painted on a building wall, at a free school run under a metro bridge in New Delhi, India. At least 30 children living in the nearby slums have been receiving free education from this school for the last three years.