News that X-Men super-villain Magneto is joining the Nazis has rocked the comic book world. But should we really be so upset?
Jews created the superhero genre, so why are there so few Jewish superheroes?
Anti-Semitism doesn’t require individuals who participate in it to hate Jews, or even to care about Jews. Anti-Semitism is a way to structure hate and violence. Once the structure is in place, anyone can participate, whether they are personally invested or not. Prejudice doesn’t require intent. You don’t have to hate Jews to commit anti-Semitic acts. Online harassment campaigns, such as GamerGate have illustrated this dynamic.