Re: The whole "freak" thing is getting old and makes no sense
Increasingly, I think my problem with the cliched "superhumans as freaks" is the idea of them all being lumped together. There's a lot of fear and hatred in human nature, but I suspect that absent some explicit and compelling reason for society to view superhumans as one single group ( say, they are all aliens )? You are much more likely to have everybody distinguish between "their" superhumans and "those guys" superhumans.
Or basically, the white racist and black racist are not going to hold hands and unite in killing the mutant. The white racist is going to condemn black mutants as "monsters" while holding up white mutants as "a clear sign of Aryan superiority", while the black racist will do the same thing in reverse.