Spider-Man Goes Doubly Diverse

The new man behind the red and blue mask is Miles Morales, the child of black and Latino parents. This is progress, but it also strikes me a bit of a dodge. It would be better to have a black character and a Latino character added to the Marvel roster, rather than having the label try to appease two constituencies with a single stroke. But acknowledging that ethnicity isn’t simple, and that our racial and ethnic labels don’t describe everybody, is important, too. And I’m glad we’ve finally got a non-white Spider-Man. Not least so Donald Glover can get his shot at playing him some day.