Man of Steel Becomes Platform for Immigration Reform Campaign


It’s not a bird, and it’s not a plane. It’s not Superman himself either, but it is game-changing, and the Krypton native would definitely be on board.

In the wake of the new Superman title, the Harry Potter Alliance has partnered with Define American and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented American Jose Antonio Vargas for the ‘Superman is an Immigrant’ campaign. This campaign, hosted on Tumblr, takes a page from the ‘We are the 99%’ movement: people from all over the Internet write their immigration stories on a piece of paper and share them.

The submissions speak for themselves. Already, the site tells the story of immigrants from all walks of life. From first-generation Americans to ones decades removed from their family’s arrival, the collective message is clear in the repeated slogan: “We are the American way.” Superman, after all, regularly asserts that he’s about as American as it gets, and it’s well known that he fights for “truth, justice, and the American way.”  He’s become as iconic as apple pie and Independence Day fireworks, all without being born in America to begin with.

This is the connection the campaign strives to make. As the site puts it:

“Born on Krypton, [Superman] came to this country with the promise of Hope – the symbol he bears on his chest. Many of our families also have a history of immigration. We share Superman’s hope and we continue his fight for truth, justice and the American Way.”

The ‘Superman is an Immigrant’ campaign is ultimately subversive in its rejection of “American” as a misguidedly exclusive term and its reminders that America was, indeed, built on immigration. It puts faces and stories to an ongoing political discussion. And, in the spirit of fan activism, it runs on fan involvement.

To become a part of the movement, visit the ‘Superman is an Immigrant’ site, and submit your story.