Netflix superhero show spotlights issues of race and policing

“A black man in a hoodie with bullet-proof skin”—this is the description given by amazed bystanders of Luke Cage, the latest Marvel superhero to get a show on Netflix. The subject of illicit prison experimentation, Cage (played by Mike Colter) emerges with incredible strength and impenetrable skin. In the show, he has relocated to Harlem, where he’s first seen trying to live unobtrusively, but later gets drawn into a struggle against crime lords and corrupt politicians.  Among other things, the show explores the relevance of race in discussions of criminal justice. Cage was in prison in the first place as a

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