With her Ms. Marvel super powers, teenager Kamala Khan usually fights drug kingpins and supernatural villains. But this week, her image is being used to combat Islamaphobia.
Since 2012, the American Freedom Defense Initiative has been buying up space on San Francisco’s public transit system to run anti-Muslim ads. The ads have included numerous offensive slogans, including the line, “In any war between the civilized man and a savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, defeat Jihad.” Distasteful as they are, courts have ruled that the ads are protected as free speech—if transit systems want to sell ads to anyone, they have to sell ads to everyone.
With the law not on their side, a clever artist recently remade the ads, pasting over the anti-Muslim slogans and images with a big pictures of the current Ms. Marvel, who is Muslim and Pakistani American. The Facebook group Street Cred posted photos of the altered bus ads.
Who knows how long the ads will last, but they’re certainly an improvement.
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Sarah Mirk is Bitch’s Online Editor and a big fan of Ms. Marvel.