Narration: Sometimes…Sometimes it’s really hard not to hate this country.
Eli: —but when the Tuskegee Experiment was finally brought to light in 1972… P.H.S Officials remained unrepentant about their use of illiterate Black Men as lab rats.
Narration: Hell, Sometimes it’s really hard not to just hate everyone in the whole world, actually.
Eli: It wasn’t until 1997 that the government apologized When President Clinton said, “The United States did something that was wrong—deeply, profoundly, morally wrong…and clearly racist”
Narration: Or at least…Everyone in this school.
Student 1: If it’s so bad here, why don’t you move to Russia—or Iraq?
Student 2: Yeah, My uncle’s neighbor was in 9-11 so screw you, Eli!
Student 3: You’re the racist! Everything’s about race to you!!
Teacher: Boys! Boys! Please! Be Quiet! Let me remind you, this is History Class, and there’s nothing Un-American about examining our history…INCLUDING the things we’ve done wrong
Eli: Yeah, you’d think in a place built on Slavery and Genocide, That—
Teacher: Eli, Please… I think we’ve had enough controversy for one day.
Eli: Sorry, Miss Martens…
Teacher: You’ll be getting an A, by the way. Nice work.
Student 1: Yeah, Nice work TRASHING your country.
Eli: Shouldn’t you be out stealing cars with your dad, Tancredo? or did he give you the day off?
Student 1: That’s it!
Eli: Please…Do it.
Narration: And sometimes it’s hard not to hate yourself, too.
I picked up Young Avengers Presents: Patriot today.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Young Avengers, Eli Bradley is one of the founding members of the Young Avengers. He is also known as Patriot.
Eli is a super soldier like Captain America. From what he says in the Young Avengers comics, he is the grandson of the FIRST Captain America, Isaiah Bradley. Isaiah was a black soldier during World War II. Before they thought of giving the super soldier serum to any of the white soldiers (like Steve Rodgers) they tested the serum on a group of black soldiers. All of them died except for Isaiah.
In this comic, Eli is talking to his class about the experimentation and awful treatment of black soldiers, his class then calls HIM the racist.
Isaiah’s story can be found here.
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