Jessica Jones is all about women and characters of color, in a way that is both unapologetic and also in your face. These are real people with real flaws, who struggle in real ways against real odds.
White man appear in this story as villains or bit players and that's pretty much it. They have no power outside of being the villains, their actions don't matter again outside of them being the villains of the story. There is no apology made for this, it isn't softened. Let's be real both Killgrave and Sampson are not just villains they are villains who manipulate and eventually threaten the lives of the women and people of color around them.
I know already that this is going to be hard for fandom. There is a high possibility that Jessica Jones is going to make fans face a lot of stuff about how they think about gender and race. That's possibly going to get pretty ugly. Already I've seen people are saying stuff about Jessica Jones they would never have said about Daredevil. Jessica Jones is a race and gender fail waiting to happen within fandom and people will probably learn from that, but I' don't want to be around when it happens.
"Democracy just cannot flourish amid fear. Liberty cannot bloom amid hate. Justice cannot take root amid rage. America must get to work. In the chill climate in which we live, we must go against the prevailing wind. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust. We must dissent from a nation that has buried its head in the sand, waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away. We must dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education or hope. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and the absence of moral leadership. We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better." -Thurgood Marshall 1992.
I have no doubt that shortening the Thurgood Marshall quote Matt reads (which a paraphrasing of the above quote) was meant to save time on the show. It’s a long hunk of texted and would have cluttered up the dialog.
On the other hand the writers of the show left out the political and social commentary within Thurgood Marshall’s speech. The urgency to take action against suffering, corruption and apathy is lost in the shortening.
Which is a pity because I think it informs Matt’s character maybe more than the quote use on the show.
Marshall meant this to be a call to action and, given who Matt is, I’m sure he read it as one.
Spoilers: seasons 1-6
Warning: image heavy
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(Finding the Middle Ground)