Today, April 27th, 2011, The president of the United States was bullied into showing his birth certificate to prove that he is an American citizen. Also today, Superman, our symbol of truth justice and the American way, announced his plans to renounce his American citizenship.
This was never about policy or politics, this was about who belongs and who has the right to decide who belongs.
Superman is known to have been born in another solar system, and even though he was born under a red sun he just happens to have white skin. No one doubts that Superman belongs. But someone of color, even the President of the United States, is expected to defend his right to belong.
For a minute I wondered if it was shame over the racism in this country that lead Supes to distance himself from America. Then I remembered that couldn't be the case because Obama is not in DC comics. He exists in the Marvel Universe.