Saturday, August 06, 2011
It has never been written anywhere in stone that any fictional character was permanently immutable.
There has been more than one Flash -- but oh, wait, all the successors have been white, too.
There has been more than one Wonder Woman -- oh, those people who carried the title have been all white too.
There has been more than one person wearing the cape and cowl of Batman -- whoops, all white, then it's all right, huh?
Hate to break it to you, but:
Miles Morales is not the first biracial character to go by the name Spider-Man. That honor goes to Miguel O'Hara, Spider-Man 2099.
Spider-Man is not the only caucasian super-hero out there. White children still have superheroes out there they can identify with: 98% of the superhero characters out there, produced by every comic book company, are white males. And the ones who are other colors, like green? They were white before whatever made them change colors.
Marvel and DC attempting to embrace diversity is a good thing. They are trying to do better than the less enlightened times in which their companies were first established. Those days were the ones in which black people did not have civil rights, and were not permitted to sit anywhere they wanted, marry who they wanted, or live where they wanted.
They're trying to do better than the 70s, even, when they added black characters, but had to tell you with their names and their costumes that they were black.
They're trying to more accurately reflect the population of their readership.
By freaking out about this change, you are showing your -- heh -- true colors as someone who secretly resents minorities being treated as equal.
Thanks for showing us who you are, reminding us we're not really in a post-racial America, and that we still have so much work to do.