In support of World Refugee Day, DC Comics has issued the following public service announcement via Twitter. The video, made up of panels from a 1960s public service announcement, shows Superman teaching kids to be nice to refugees, showing them the hardships those refugees endure when fleeing political strife, war, or natural disasters in their home countries.
Superman has always exemplified courage and shown us the best in humanity. This #WorldRefugeeDay, support @theIRC
and learn more about his refugee roots here: https://t.co/8JtJEMWnna #StandWithRefugees pic.twitter.com/FT6PmX6jaF
— DC (@DCComics) June 20, 2019
Here’s the original PSA in comic form:
DC also supported World Refugee Day in a similar fashion last year, though that time without the PSA.
Superman stands up for what’s right. Did you also know he’s a refugee? This #WorldRefugeeDay, be like Superman and stand up for what’s right. #StandWithRefugees and @theIRC. pic.twitter.com/Qn9wY4rDGp
— DC (@DCComics) June 20, 2018
This year, the tweet also comes alongside an article on the International Rescue Committee website touting Superman’s decades-long commitment to social justice, dubbing Superman “a refugee success story.”
Superman was something new and special … and not just because he had superpowers. Apart from his normal crime-fighting activity, he spoke out against issues including social injustice, corruption, domestic violence and racial inequality. During World War II, he went to Europe to fight the Nazis and fascists. Then he returned the U.S. to take on white supremacists. Superman’s story is the ultimate example of an immigrant who makes his new home better.
For unknown reasons, DC Comics first tweeted the message at Noon Eastern time, only to delete the tweet and repost it an hour later, seemingly with no changes. Will this one stay up? And more importantly, will Superman’s message resonate with comic book fans in today’s heated political climate? We’re sure you don’t need our encouragement to let us know what you think in the comments.