xaraan wrote:I think you have most of a point, there isn't a lot I would disagree with about what your saying on the origins of minority characters.
But I still think any change would be an issue for people out there. It's hard for me to throw out any examples because I don't know every character (black or white) that's out there. Like I said, if they changed someone like Black Panther, it would be obviously a problem, but if there was a character that was just a dude who happened to be black (like you said about johnny being white) and his race was changed. Heads would be exploding.
Mostly I hear, women and minorities have been badly written by mostly white men for decades, so fuck it. Understandable, but doesn't make it not hypocritical.
But there isn't a character like that. As I stated before, the market for superheroes is north American males, the majority of which are white. White characters are the norm, the standard. They have been since forever. When you have a black character in a book and he or she is not a very minor character, that character is going to be black for a reason or two. His or her skin color defines who he or she is. It's unfortunate but that's how things are.
Okay here's an example, in the recent Omega the Unknown series by Jonathan Letham and Farel Dalrymple, the main girl in the series is black. If they decided to make her white, people probably wouldn't care because it's irrelevant. However, if they decided to make John Stewart or the falcon white, it would be a big deal. Why? Because take away John Stewart's blackness and he's just like any GL. Take away Falcon's blackness and he's just some hero who talks to birds. Being black is what makes audiences (both white and black) identify with them. Their skin color makes them unique. People probably don't want them to lose that uniqueness.
Sorry but that's just the way I see it.
I don't think it's right to define someone by the color of his or her skin. The only difference between my skin and your skin is that I don't get sunburnt. At the end of the day, we both have brown skin. Black and white are just states of being people put themselves into.