The main point the talk emphasizes is diversity in the comic book world and why it matters. Sana Amanat reveals how growing up as a short Muslim girl was difficult following all the stereotypes that people propagate upon her race. She also states that she did not experience any superhero movie or book that she would identify with or relate. She stresses the crucial role that diversity plays in the lives of children and young people still growing up. A lack of diversity in the comic book world hinders aspirations and ambitions of those underrepresented. The significance of diversity is that it allows people to value who they are and what makes them unique.
Another significant point that Sana Amanat mentions is categories. Everyone belongs to a certain kind of categories; for instance, one could be a black female who is also a lesbian. Sana makes a point that people will judge others following the groups they see in them. These categories are what define a person and simplify who they are and how people view them. People will label others as Muslims and associate them with terrorism because those are the preconceived notions and assumptions that society has labeled them. Sana tells Kamala Khan’s story and how it is an inspiration for people who are labeled and how they can confront those labels and sculpt them into something useful.
Another important point is that society is full of stereotype threats that hinder an individual from living up to their expectations. They hide their identities in the preconceived notions of what the media is telling. For example, just because a person is a male who is black, then they belong to a gang. Once an individual internalizes and react to these negative stereotypes, they underperform in all areas of life and do not act to the best of their abilities. Because they are continuously living to what others expect of them, they mask their actual self.
“So, at some point, the line between perspective and reality begins to blur.”
Perspective is what people think of others, and reality is who they are in life. Sana makes this statement because she wants people to understand that there is a difference in how people view others and how an individual views themselves. One can only value what makes them unique if they recognize this difference. Consistently, the society whether it is the media, parents, or friends will define an individual and place a standard of expectations for them creating a splintered version of who they are supposed to be in life. An individual needs to understand this society’s perceived standard of self and create their reality of who they are as individuals.
“Unfold your own myth.”
Sana Amanat challenges individuals about unfolding their myths regardless of what categories they belong. There is no better way that a person can paint the world than through their eyes. It is upon an individual to take up a stance in life and redefine and reinvent their old stories into something meaningful-stories that they can identify with in life. Unfolding one’s myth is not a simple task; it takes up one’s courage to stand up for they write and develop a passion for seeing it to the end. What better way to express one’s inner thought than through writing? If one feels underrepresented, it upon them to make their stories known for their voice matters.