A friend of mine asked me what I thought about Black Goliath's (A Black doctor) death at the hands of Thor (A blonde, blue-eyed Norse god).
My first thought was that old awful joke, "What do you call a Black doctor?"
The answer's not that simple and I don't think, the case.
Second thought, I tried to believe that it what was best for this particular story. Then, I realized I was trying to justify gross ignorance.
Why, Marvel, would you bring back a character who'd been in limbo for twenty-plus years just to kill him again...
...by a writer who marvels at the fact that there are Black people with Down's Syndrome?*
(Do they not have Wikipedia or WebMD in Scotland?)
I've almost been rendered speechless.
I can count on two hands the Black characters of note Marvel has on their roster and they went and ignorantly killed one of them.
Just... ignorantly killed one of them.
I guess the next Bendis won't get his chance to turn Black Goliath into his Luke Cage.
I can believe Marvel characters tried to clone a god. What I can't believe is that no one at Marvel even blinked at another Black man's (character's) death.
*I do not believe this writer to have some over-arcing racist agenda, by the way. Racism encompasses hate. Ignorance is at once ingrained and without forethought. With his comments, he lay at the feet of the latter.