Who Watches the Watchmen? This phrase has become famous in Geekdom as Alan Moore’s motto for his ‘Watchmen’ comic series. In the comic, it’s a multi-layered metaphor meant to make the reader uneasy about unchecked powers over our society. The original term is “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes” which is Latin comes from a 1st-century Roman poet who wrote about corrupt law enforcement. Apt words for our latest events.
After the murder of George Floyd, the world watched the Watchmen as they used excessive force and killed a man. The impact sent waves worldwide and most gathered under the Black Lives Matter banner. We at Geek Freaks are under that banner.
We will never truly understand the struggles that our black neighbors, friends, and family face every day. But we need to listen. Listen to the stories of those we’ve lost to senseless racism. Listen to the daily life dilemmas of a big portion of our community. Listen to the history that leads to a system that disenfranchises. While many of us will never truly understand, we must listen.
If you can’t protest then try to give to those fighting the good fight. We suggest your local Black Lives Matter chapter. You can find the directory here. You can support other local funds helping like the Oakland Black Business Damage Fund. They are close to their goal and you can donate here.
Need inspiration? Take a moment to watch John Boyega give a passionate speech at a London rally.
Lastly, the father of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, used to write an editorial at the end of his comics called Stan’s Soapbox! I want to leave you with this Soapbox entry from 1968:
Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them—to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. The bigot is an unreasoning hater—one who hates blindly, fanatically, indiscriminately. If his hang-up is black men, he hates ALL black men. If a redhead once offended him, he hates ALL redheads. If some foreigner beat him to a job, he’s down on ALL foreigners. He hates people he’s never seen—people he’s never known—with equal intensity—with equal venom. Now, we’re not trying to say it’s unreasonable for one human being to bug another. But, although anyone has the right to dislike another individual, it’s totally irrational, patently insane to condemn an entire race—to despise an entire nation—to vilify an entire religion. Sooner or later, we must learn to judge each other on our own merits. Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill out hearts with tolerance. For then, and only then, will we be truly worthy of the concept that man was created in the image of God–a God who calls us ALL—His children. -Stan Lee 1968