Anonymous asked: It seems Monet had darker skin back then.
Yup. I remember some letter pages in early X-Factor commenting on Monet’s skintone, and that she got darker after that. And sometime later we got introduced to her dad, and he was a Black man.
Which is great. And I kind of wonder if that was the case when Monet was first introduced in Generation X?
Because American culture - besides a tendency to whitewashing characters, especially characters who are supposed to be good (like, I could do some compare & contrast on Frenzy, I think she definitly got lighter now that she’s with the X-Men) - has a weird kind of colorism where if a character belongs to an ethnicity that is read as “not white” by American culture, they sort of expect them to be… really not white. It’s a weird sort of all dark skinned people look the same. Like, TV shows regularly have Black American actors standing as Middle Eastern characters which is not believable at all. Or it’s the same kind of thing that make people think that Japanese’s culture emphasis on paleness comes from Western people’s whiteness envy or some shit.
And Algerian people? Well most Algerian people aren’t very dark skinned. Not to the point of that scan. In fact blondeness and blue eyes isn’t even rare amongst Berbers and Kabyles.
There may be some Black Algerians though, it’s a pretty big country and it goes pretty deep south in the Sahara. But when I first saw Monet and heard about her being of French & Algerian background, I sort of suspected that the very dark skinned depiction was mostly due to that sort of colorism. So I thought it was awesome to have her dad be a Black guy XD Especially since it’s very, very rare for comics to remember that France also is a country with a lot of immigration and ethnic diversity.