Quotes: Fair for Its Day

"Time is the great legalizer, even in the field of morals."

"It's innocent in the same way your grandparents accidentally slipping in racial slurs is innocent. They don't know any better."

"It's our own fault. The unfortunate downside of the wave of 'ist' and 'X studies' approaches. Not that these have been by and large negative; the work they did in opening up how we think about art and power is invaluable. But so much of the work that all of them — feminist theory, queer theory, disability studies, post-colonialist theory, the lot of them — was to show us the seedy and uncomfortable underbelly of 'classic' texts. The problem is that now we know to use this approach, and it becomes increasingly difficult to actually enjoy anything."

"The Justice Society was the very first superhero team, and they have the antiquated views on race to prove it. Their gargantuan roster was made up of Dr. Fate, The Spectre, Starman, Sandman, Hawkman, Johnny Thunderbolt, and The Atom! With all those heroic crime fighters on one team, wouldn't it be something if one brave comedy writer could find a panel of every single one of them screaming offensive things?"

The ending is a little pat, but at least itís a message of tolerance. A message of tolerance delivered by a man whose face has been blacked-up. Oh, my head hurts.
Adventures With the Wife in Space, "The Savages"