Alyssa

Spider-Man Goes Doubly Diverse

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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.