I've found this debate unsettling because a lot of lobbying seems to me as just another type of racism, i.e. one considers characters according to their ethnic origin rather than for the character they are.
Here's what I think is a more sane viewpoint:
Nrama: It's been revealed recently that Amadeus Cho is the third main character in Savage Wolverine, a surprising place to see the character. What motivated including him? And, as an Asian-American comic creator, how important is it to you to keep a character like Amadeus in rotation at Marvel?
Cho: I'm a very color-blind writer. When I write a story, the race of the character is never a factor unless I'm writing a race-motivated story. I've chosen Amadeus Cho in this story for the simple reason that I needed a genius level character who can solve the riddle of the island and a character who doesn't have too much backstory baggage.
The Amazons themselves are routinely slaughtered in droves to show calamity in the DCU. They're currently a statue garden, having been turned to stone a year ago now and counting.
And no one kicks up a fuss like Black Panther's fans seem to over a story element as throw away as flooding Wakanda. Notable fictional nation = target practice to show calamity. Nothing racist about this.
Black Panther fans are an obnoxiously entitled lot who seem to expect their favorite character to be above the usual tribulations of every other comic book character.
My problem with what you said is that a) that's not racism. that's lobbying for more inclusion, the opposite. b) and two, you act as if their ethnic origin isn't a part of their character.
And that goes along with what my problem with Cho's response. Colorblindness is not a good thing, and I'm sick of people acting like it is. That implies ignorance or just not wanting to learn or understand the numerous and varying struggles and cultures of POCs. And when you insist on writing a character "colorblind" even if you make an exception for "race motivated stories" you are outright avoiding a character trait. Probably because you are uncomfortable in handing it maturely. And maturely means not just saving it for a PSA like story, but integrating in into the character as if it's just another aspect of their characterization.
All Black Panther fans want is to be obnoxiously as entitled as their non-minority(reader) counterparts. Which seems to be a point of contention.
But that is all window dressing. The Point is moot and rather obvious. Add a minority member to any team and instantly echoes of PC or unwarranted includism is stated. how is wanting the same opportunity as non-minority characters---> entitlement?
I find your going there odd. And telling.
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Wakanda is pretty much Paradise Island in the Marvel Universe, and Wakanda sees a great deal more respect (despite PI's queen and princess being white-ish).
As for other hardships...this is comics. Characters are constantly having the rug pulled out from under them. Steve and Sharon have been trying for happily ever after for decades, with tradgedy after tradgedy constantly wrenching that up - including her forced abortion and his death at her hand. Wanda has been transformed into the anti-christ. Thor has been repeatedly killed, his kingdom hurled to earth and destroyed.
There is no double standard here. You're simply seeing one because you wish to.
Forgive me, seriously, if I'm missing something here...but what character trait is being overlooked by wishing to see characters as equals?
I mean, gay persons are maligned and demonized in society but I would never wish to read about one who spent pages and pages lamenting the hardships of being gay. I'd simply want to see him enjoying the company of his partner, and leading an otherwise normal life (or, as normal as superheroes get). Billy and Teddy = awesome. Kyle Rayner's little friend = fully lame.
I wish the same with POC's. I don't want an exposition on the slave trade. I want to see everyday people who are simply the equal of everyone around them. I kind of figured that's what everyone wanted.
If you want to see these characters portrayed as victims....isn't that the inverse of equality?
Not necessarily I suppose they want some realism. That does not mean I want exclusive focus on such issues but it being totally ignored is not exactly a good thing either. Still depends on the nature of the title.
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OOOh the funny hypocrisy of colorblindness, lets see how many white fan boy would really read a well written hero group book where they just happen to be mostly black guys , the only sound you would be able to hear would be the mass whipping of heads as some of these so-called equality of character supporters in name only their collective heads to pretend to not notice this taboo-breaking collection of funny pages.
Comfortably numb is my state of being!
People are just people.
I can see wanting to see more people of colour in these pages. That makes perfect sense. Wanting them to be portrayed as social victims somehow seems absurd to me. It would weaken the character to the point of making thier heroics seem a farce.
This is largely the problem I've had accepting X-titles, to be honest. They create thier victimhood by wallowing in it rather than leading productive lives. Wanda is, again, more an exaple of Xavier's dream than any one of the X-men, because she chose to live among everyone else and embrace thier sameness rather than engage in self segregation and self pitty.