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Do You Remember When Lois Lane Tried To Be Black?

Did this issue inspire Rachel Dolezal? Probably not. But let's pretend!

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There's been a lot of talk about Rachel Dolezal this week — a white woman who disguised herself as black for several years.

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But what you may not know is that Superman's longtime lover Lois Lane also dabbled in changing races in 1970.

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It started with Lois wanting to win a Pulitzer for her reporting on the "nitty-gritty" of some neighborhood called LITTLE AFRICA.

Not Little Ethiopia. Not Little Nigeria. Apparently this neighborhood in Metropolis encompassed an ENTIRE continent's culture.
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Not Little Ethiopia. Not Little Nigeria. Apparently this neighborhood in Metropolis encompassed an ENTIRE continent's culture.

But poor lil' Lois wasn't gonna get her big story because BLACK PEOPLE WERE RUDE TO HER.

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THEY EVEN CALL HER WHITEY!!!

Lois, to her credit, does not #NotAllWhitePeople this brother. She kinda realizes that white people DO suck! Just not her, because she's down for the cause and using black people to win Pulitzers and shit.
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Lois, to her credit, does not #NotAllWhitePeople this brother. She kinda realizes that white people DO suck! Just not her, because she's down for the cause and using black people to win Pulitzers and shit.

So, naturally, in order to fix race relations (I'm kidding, she does all of this for her damn story), Lois has Superman TURN HER BLACK.

And he actually helps her! SMH.
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And he actually helps her! SMH.

Then she throws on a dashiki and a head wrap, because that's what all black people wore in the '70s, I guess.

Lois is devastated when she can't get a cab! And when people stare at her on the subway! Probably because she's dressed like a fortune-teller!
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Lois is devastated when she can't get a cab! And when people stare at her on the subway! Probably because she's dressed like a fortune-teller!

She meets a downtrodden black woman and is shocked that someone living in poverty can show kindness to other human beings.

#StrongBlackWomen
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#StrongBlackWomen

Then, of course, because the black community is so violent, she has to give blood to save one of her new Negro comrades.

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And now that she's realized black people are kind, strong, and caring human beings, she demands to know if Superman would marry her if she were black.

Heffa he's an ALIEN. Do you think he cares about your race?!
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Heffa he's an ALIEN. Do you think he cares about your race?!

Luckily, Lois turns white again before Superman can tell her she's a nutjob.

But then she's worried about seeing the black man whose life she saved with a blood transfusion. Because he called her Whitey before! Do you think he'll be grateful that WHITEY SAVED HIS LIFE?
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But then she's worried about seeing the black man whose life she saved with a blood transfusion. Because he called her Whitey before! Do you think he'll be grateful that WHITEY SAVED HIS LIFE?

LOL, come on. You already know the answer.

Oh, the '70s. Where racial issues were dealt with in pop culture by assuaging white guilt and proving that deep down, black people are really nice and love white people as much as white people want to be loved by us!
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Oh, the '70s. Where racial issues were dealt with in pop culture by assuaging white guilt and proving that deep down, black people are really nice and love white people as much as white people want to be loved by us!

So proud of you, Sistah Lois.

Image scans via Sequential Crush.

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