Does it matter that little Tony is black?

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Re: Does it matter that little Tony is black?

Post by HollandBlue » 19 Sep 2018, 07:49

Wow, you got a lot of different opinions about this question! I think all children are heroes in their own way, and it probably doesn't matter to them whether or not Tony is black, white, or any other racial background. That being said, I think that it is good for black kids to have a black superhero to relate to and that kids of all races should learn that anyone can be a hero.
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Post by savageman » 19 Sep 2018, 11:38

    anyone can be a superhero whether black or white

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    Post by Bon0 » 19 Sep 2018, 15:55

    He might have superpowers. When it comes to the question of the race, why would it matter. I guess I don't notice these kinds of things.

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    Post by shubhendu Bahuguna » 19 Sep 2018, 17:08

    I like toni because it is like ordnary in outside but more powerful in inside its prrity good to reed thish book

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    Post by pathiyilprasanthi » 19 Sep 2018, 17:12

    That is a thought-provoking question. I haven't read a single book or seen a movie where black people are cast as heroes or performed something extraordinary. It has remained as a so-called stereotype that power belongs to the white people. But times are changing and so are the perspectives. And I think doing the normal chores with responsibility is what a present-day superhero should be. And that is exactly what this book is trying to show. Being good, being kind and doing your duty sincerely is what an adult should instill in a child and this is what is lacking in today's world.

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    Post by Amelia Suratos » 21 Sep 2018, 21:34

    Nope! It doesn't matter at all. What matters is the lessons that you can learn from the book.

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    Post by KCWolf » 21 Sep 2018, 21:44

    Miriam Molina wrote:
    01 Jul 2018, 06:29
    Some reviews of this book are actually comparing Toni to T'Challa of Black Panther fame. I say it's about time we shatter the myth of white superheroes.
    I agree. Toni is a good role model too.
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    Post by Juliar252 » 23 Sep 2018, 10:55

    I think representation is very important, so in a world where the main character is almost always white, I think it is important that little Tony is black.

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    Post by Zimall » 25 Sep 2018, 22:17

    Even i did not noticed that toni was a black kid until i saw this discussion. It does not matter that toni is black or white he is just a kid and a superhero of course regardless of colour and race.

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    Post by Ravinder+Kaur » 26 Sep 2018, 03:35

    Raya raymond wrote:
    19 Aug 2018, 08:46
    David Horta Alonso wrote:
    16 Aug 2018, 13:13
    Maybe, racists white parents plus their kids would be aggrieved by Toni's black colour. As for me, I had no problem with him being black.
    I don't think any sensible person would have a problem with it.
    Absolutely correct. I believe not many readers will have even noticed the colour aspect. The main lesson children would've learnt from the book would be to see Toni happily doing about mundane chores and they would start with, say, tidying their room or collecting their toys after play.

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    Post by khan-panni » 26 Sep 2018, 14:12

    Miriam Molina wrote:
    01 Jul 2018, 06:29
    Some reviews of this book are actually comparing Toni to T'Challa of Black Panther fame. I say it's about time we shatter the myth of white superheroes.
    It doesn't matter that toni is black ....bc a person can be identified by his or her character.....so it doesn't matter he is black aor white

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    Post by ShareTheGift » 26 Sep 2018, 16:10

    Miriam Molina wrote:
    01 Jul 2018, 06:29
    Some reviews of this book are actually comparing Toni to T'Challa of Black Panther fame. I say it's about time we shatter the myth of white superheroes.
    I agree, historically there have been few books where children of color are portrayed as powerful, strong and responsible role models. I grew up in the 60s and there was nothing like this so I am glad to see it.

    I think the author intends to build on Toni's strengths and maybe reward him with some extraordinary powers as well.

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    Post by Catherine Amarachi » 26 Sep 2018, 18:22

    bookowlie wrote:
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    Christinaro - Interesting question! I didn't view it as black kids can only do ordinary things while the superpowers belong to the white kids. For me, the story showed that important people (superheroes) still do ordinary activities and chores like everyone else.
    I totally agree with your point of view. For me, I believe that racism have got nothing to do with someone being a super hero or an extraordinary person. It can evolve from any race whether white or black.

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    Post by Gravy » 26 Sep 2018, 21:33

    Miriam Molina wrote:
    01 Jul 2018, 06:29
    Some reviews of this book are actually comparing Toni to T'Challa of Black Panther fame. I say it's about time we shatter the myth of white superheroes.
    There's been talk (possibly rumor???) of Michael B. Jordan playing Superman and I am just hoping it actually happens!
    It would be so amazing!
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    Post by Numan zada » 27 Sep 2018, 10:14

    In view of me that doesn't matter the colour of human being because there is no comparison of white and black due to the fact of nature black as important and have well rights as like white.
    So that's why little Tony black colour doesn't matter. . .
    Thanks for your act of kindness

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