Luke Cage, also known as Power Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. After the Superhuman Registration Act is enacted, Cage refuses to register, comparing the act to Jim Crow laws. Jim Crow laws, in U.S. history, statutes enacted by U.S. states and municipalities, beginning in the 1880s, that legalized segregation between blacks and whites. The name is believed to be derived from a character in a popular minstrel song. The Supreme Court ruling in 1896 in Plessy v. Ferguson that separate facilities for whites and blacks were constitutional encouraged the passage of discriminatory laws that wiped out the gains made by blacks during Reconstruction
The Registration Acts—the Mutant Registration Act (MRA), the Superhuman Registration Act (SRA, or SHRA), and the Vigilante Registration Act (VRA)—are fictional legislative bills that have been plot points used in various comic books andsuperhero films which, when passed into law, enforce the regulation of vigilante vs. criminal activity and/or the mandatory registration of superpowered individuals with thegovernment.
The issue that the government might seek to regulate the activities and civil rights of superheroes, or view them as valuable national security resource subject to conscription without notice in times of crisis, has also been explored in other comics, such as those featuring DC’s Justice Society of America team, series like Watchmen,Astro City, and Powers; the films The Return Of Captain Invincible (1983) and The Incredibles (2004); and in role-playing games Brave New World (1999), and Dawn of Legends for Savage Worlds.
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