There’s over 300 languages spoken in London
Less than half of the population is white british
There are large areas with little to no white population
so if your show is set in London and has an all white cast you’re not even being remotely accurate
See Also: New York
los angeles is only 40% white yet look at every single tv show in LA :/
—Genevieve Valentine (x)
Sam Wilson has a bunch of qualities i love in superheroes and characters in general because
- he is a well-drawn character - his backstory isn’t really outlandish or anything, he’s a veteran who lost his buddy, that’s a pretty relatable story to anyone who’s ever lost anyone EVER
- right from the very first moment we see him he has a great sense of humour and he’s pretty much always smiling - but he doesn’t take that humour too far, he knows when to joke and try and make Steve feel better, and he knows when he be serious, which is an important skill
- he’s ESSENTIAL and really helpful, literally if it wasn’t for Sam Wilson one of the helicarriers would have killed a bunch of people - additionally, he’s selfless, and he didn’t think twice about endangering himself for the mission (during which he was an A+ team player, another great quality in a superhero)
- he’s extremely moral - when Captain America needs his help, he steps up and helps, regardless of the fact that he could get in trouble - because it’s the right thing to do
- DID I ALREADY MENTION HE’S SELFLESS well i’m gonna go ahead and double-tick that box because when Steve wakes up after nearly drowning, guess who’s at his bedside - yup, Sam Wilson, waiting patiently at his bedside with the Troubleman sountrack playing quietly in the background (just in case Steve didn’t get the chance to listen to it yet)
- also, good taste in music
- his ‘the kind you stop’ speech is both sensible and sensitive - rather than just leave it to Steve to work through his issues regarding fighting Bucky on his own, Sam offers him support, and guidance - sure, he tells him he needs to stop Bucky, but he doesn’t do it in such a way that doesn’t give Steve a choice. He’s not telling Steve to definitely kill Bucky - that’s not the kind of guy he is, he know that’s not really right. And besides - he empathises with Steve, about losing a buddy in the line of duty
- WHICH BRINGS ME ONTO HIS COUNSELLING SKILLS i’m really glad that the movie established that veterans require therapy and have things to work through after combat, because often therapy is brushed over when films deal with PTSD sufferers, despite it being really important in the vast majority of cases. Sam is both recovering, and helping others recover - just another testament to his good character imo
- plus counselling isn’t easy, but he makes it look effortless, and in no way awkward
- he’s good, and supportive, but without being preachy or overbearing
- HIS WINGS ARE FUCKING AWESOME OKAY. He can fly
- He’s the only person to ask what Steve wants, and to make him stop and consider that (aside from Peggy, during the war)
- All of my praise for Sam Wilson
- unleash the Falcon
- we need more of him
this is precisely why I don’t ship him as the love interest, because he’s so perfect and caring that I feel like making him a love interest that fixes all of Steve’s problems cheapens his character. A character that is so purely selfless and completely grounded in a world so extraordinary is just so beautiful to me, that I don’t want to take away from that. Sad as it is, just the pure hearted goodness in him is such a rarity I feel like that’s the quality that makes him a superhero. There are lots of great pilots in the world, but so very few truly great people.
Like, something to know about me - I go through tags. I go through reblogs. I just do. I want to see what other people think on a post that shows up on my dash. #kanyeshrug Occasionally, I will comment - either with cosignage or rebuttal. Most of the time I don’t. But on this, I can’t just let it slip by even if this is really an old post and time has marched on, because the bold is the same damn rhetoric I hear all the time about why WoC (particularly Black women) should be forever alone, because they are simply too awesome and good to be loving and loved. In fact, I’m consistent flabbergasted that anyone could be “too good” for love, and the ones who always are tend to be PoC or any gender and white women (but primarily PoC of any gender). I just…”love will ruin the character”? Then why can the cismale
problematicwhite faves get all the love in the world but the not well-adjusting not cismale problematicwhite faves?
Sam Wilson is selfless? Nah, the better word is altruistic. Selfless low-key removes his agency for one; and for two, the things Sam decides to do, putting himself at risk, isn’t because he doesn’t care about himself; he’s just willing to put himself on the line for the greater good and not need any hooplah about doing it. Sam Wilson is pure? MCU!Sam Wilson was in the military; MCU!Sam Wilson saw his wingman fall to his death and couldn’t do anything to stop it. MCU!Sam Wilson the same trouble sleeping on a soft bed as Steve Rogers does. MCU!Sam Wilson is a Black man in America. I can guarantee you whatever Steve Rogers might be feeling, at least he is in a country that will bend the fuck over backwards to make sure he feels like he belongs, which is not the same reception Sam will ever in his life get (re: Isaiah Bradley). We already see that nonsense in fandom - Sam’s resume laid out for all the world to see in MCU and comics as to why Sam Wilson Is a Gift (TM) and Steve chose him to be his BFF and the next Captain America in the comics (the only person Steve has ever chosen for himself, mind), and how Sam isn’t an enabler and has his own thing and own boundaries and own history and through-line independent of Steve, that he’s Steve’s equal and not his Magical Negro Crutch, and folk still are willing to talk out the side of their necks about him being Hydra or, on the other end of the spectrum, “too good and pure” for basic things like a damn “I love you.”
Tl;dr, the bolded above is not a compliment. It’s dehumanizing. It’s erasing. It’s incredibly short-sighted. Sam Wilson can romantically love Steve Rogers and be romantically loved by Steve Rogers without needing to fix a damn thing about Steve Rogers. That’s not his function; it’s never been his function. And if folk think Steve Rogers would let himself treat Sam Wilson that way without checking himself or making sure he wasn’t encroaching on any of Sam’s issues, or that Sam Wilson wouldn’t call out Steve Rogers if he did, then it’s clear folk have neither read the comics nor watched CA:TWS.
Fucking SPARE me from this endless shit from racist fancreatures who will bend over backwards to find any goddamned reason not to ‘ship the characters of color — but *especially* spare me from the ones who gussy those reasons up with fake ‘let’s put these characters on pedestals’ shit. I’ve seen that WAY too fucking much over the past sixteen years.
And, you know? If you’re not into Sam/Steve? Just don’t write it. Just don’t read it. Do your own thing, over there, with the ‘ships you’re into. Don’t shit over anyone else’s fun — I mean for fuck’s sake, the OP wasn’t even TALKING ABOUT ‘SHIPPING, and this stupid fucking asswipe comes in with their magic wand to put sparkles and Magical Negro Fairy Dust all over one of the finest, most well-rounded characters I’ve seen come out of the superhero genre in YEARS.
You know, it’s not that I can’t sympathize. Lots of times, the Black Male Character *especially* is made into the Paladin, the Lawful Good-aligned character who, as we *all* know, is rarely as popular in fandom as the True Neutrals and the various Chaotics out there, no matter *what* color they are. It’s the safest road to take, and there’s nothing Hollywood likes better than being safe.
In some ways? Sam Wilson *is* another Paladin. But holy fucking shit, he’s not just another boring god-and-country knight. (Not that any paladin SHOULD be boring in the hands of a good writer, but work with me.) He is, as the above posters have stated, a *warrior* — just like Steve and Bucky. A warrior wounded in heart and soul — just like Steve and Bucky. A warrior trying to make it day by day — just like Steve and Bucky. And, just like Steve and Bucky, he’s a man without a country, because while he’s not a forced time-traveler (of a sort…), he is DAMNED well a Black man in America.
And his fears about how he’s going to be perceived by people like Steve… well, they’re real.
And the conflicts between them would be real. And deep. And true.
And not all about the hearts and flowers and gentle healing or whatever bullshit you’ve got floating around your head to excuse the fact that you prefer Steve with the dude in guyliner.
Hey, guess what? I ‘ship Steve/Bucky, too. I *also* ‘ship Bucky/Nat. I *also* ‘ship the OT3. And the OT4. And all kinds of shit.
I’m a WHORE.
It means there’s a lot more fic for me to choose from.
I HIGHLY recommend it.