I'm very happy " real life superheroes ( RLSH or insert: X ALTS; Initiative; Masked Adventurers ) have made it to the network news; HBO and GQ magazine.
It's a dream come true for someone who did this stuff stealth mode in various professions before encountering the community in 2008.
What ISN'T dream-like is on-going, viral drama since the advent of our community's best known former member, Phoenix Jones.
I knew a bounty hunter in my hometown who was the profession's most high profile, high octane member.
His fights; fugitive captures ( including one re-created for Americas Most Wanted ) and rocky relationship with the police were legendary. I worked with him sporadically and butted heads upon spectacular occasions.
I know what it's like to have someone capture popular attention. Over 20 years doing this stuff has had me witness this numerous times.
Phoenix isn't like the bounty hunter I mentioned because he does adhere to the rule of law. The bounty hunter would do anything to get his man or vehicle ( he also REPOed ) and was often wilder than the fugitives he sought.
Seattle has become a real life Gotham City with PJ and his Rain City Superhero Movement cast along the lines of an actual Night Wing and Night Wing Family.
That's alot for some creative activists to swallow. I watch with interest as Jones evolved a support network; protocols and other features necessary for a big public masked adventurer operation.
The Initiative is the other large scale " full contact " ( physically stop suspects ) group of this sort.
They, like me, do most of their work plain clothed.
Unlike me, they limit themselves to not directly working with protest organizers and avoiding politics all together.
Or at least conservative politics but that's another story.
I pre-date Phoenix Jones; RCSM and the Initiative by decades. When I started, Curtis Sliwa and his Guardian Angels or the Nation of Islam's Dope Busters were the closest thing to RLSH/XALTS/Initiative/Masked Adventurers.
I didn't use a RLSH name until 2008, but have been doing this type of activism for over 20 years.
RLSH like the retired Citizen Prime; Superhero and Geist inspired me. My work with local police and community groups served me well when I began calling myself, " Cap Black. "
Like these activists, Ive always built coalitions between the establishment and the grassroots whenever possible.
I like the tactical visions of PJ/RCSM and the Initiative. but it seems they find little to like about each other.
I don't like the back biting and threat allegations I've heard bandied about. Doing creative good in bigger and better ways is supposed to be our goal: not nit picking and super team set tripping.
Micro managing how one team does patrolling or rules of engagement past a certain point looks like nit picking.
Identifying legitimate error, however, isn't nit picking, don't get me wrong.
Beefing with each other is.
Take it from an old school RLSH, or citizen on patrol as Ive always called myself, the Rain City Superhero Movement and the Initiative don't have to waste time playing king of the hill.
America is big enough to accommodate both approaches with plenty of room left over.
Why not call a truce?
Or, dare I say it, actually team up one day, after working out your differences privately; in person and off line.
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