Fear and Discrimination in X-Men

Today, I am writing about the fear and discrimination featured in X-Men. This is a concept I am sure few have missed. If you have, though, I forgive you. It’s easy to get caught up in all the action.

I mentioned in a previous post that Magneto lashes out to protect himself from the average human. Humans have attacked mutants on several occasions. They aimed missiles at them in X-Men: First Class. In Days of Future Past, they created the Sentinels, an entire race designed to cause the genocide of mutants. Magneto’s intentions seem justified. However, are the humans advances justified as well?

I believe so.

I’d like to clarify that that doesn’t mean that I agree with their actions.

Alright, here is my opinion and, of course, I am generalizing.  People like you and I are afraid of what we don’t understand. As children we cower in fear of what is hiding in the closet or, even worse, under the bed. Adults will go to see a horror flick and cover their face the whole time. Older folks are afraid of dying (aren’t we all.) Religious people cower at the mention of Satan and I am deathly afraid of spiders.

Those are a lot of things to be afraid of in one life time. That is just a short list!

Basically, what I am trying to say is that people have rational and irrational everyday fears. Now, imagine that your sister has the ability to control fire. Imagine that your father can control metal. Imagine that your best friend can read your mind and even control your body. Sounds fun, right? Maybe. You trust those people. Now replace all of those people with your enemies, criminals and untrustworthy individuals. The idea of someone taking control of your body isn’t so fun now, huh?

According to X-Men and Philosophy: Astonishing Insight and Uncanny Argument in the Mutant X-Verse, fear of the unknown is quickly transferred into discrimination and oppression. While those are both inherently bad things, average humans have a right to feel how they feel. A lot of them don’t know or trust these mutants. An average human may wonder what is stopping a mutant from using his abilities to kill or harm children and families. To an average human, the risk is too high and so they take preventative measures. You can read some snippets of X-Men and Philosophy: Astonishing Insight and Uncanny Argument in the Mutant X-Verse here.

What do you think? Are the humans reactions justified? Is there enough justification for them to need to wipe out the mutant race with the Sentinels? Leave your comments below!

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