Because Falcon wasn’t a relevant super hero before. Because John Stewart wasn’t the main Green Lantern in JL:U. Black Panther wasn’t one of the more popular characters. Because Storm isn’t a queen in Africa and one of the longest standing X-men, even one of the more powerful. Because Luke Cage didn’t start a new super hero group. Because Ultimate Spider-Man has never been black. Cyborg wasn’t a star on every team he was in. BECAUSE WAR MACHINE WASN’T AN AMAZING RUN! BECAUSE FIRESTORM! BECAUSE NICK FURY! BECAUSE GOLIATH! BECAUSE SPAWN! BECAUSE CLOAK! BLADE! BISHOP! STEEL! STAR BOY! AND SO MANY OTHERS!
DON’T FUCKING TALK ABOUT REPRESENTATION WHEN BLACK HEROES HAVE PLAYED SOME OF THE MOST ICONIC AND/OR ORIGINAL HEROES BUT YOU’RE ONLY NOTICING ONE NOW BECAUSE IT’S A HERO THAT EVERYONE ALREADY KNOWS! YOU SHOULD’VE BEEN SHARING THESE OTHER AMAZING HEROES WITH THEM FOR YEARS! ALL OF YOU SHOULD KNOW AND READ UP! BLACK HEROES DIDN’T HAVE AS MANY COMICS AS THE WHITE ONES BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THEY WEREN’T THERE AND WEREN’T POPULAR! MAYBE IF YOU GAVE THEM MORE ATTENTION THEY COULD AFFORD TO MAKE NEW RUNS OF THEM!
I think you are missing the mark with your rant, yes black heros existed, yes they have been pivotal in many comic book iteration, in fact there was a black captain America before and there was also the u.s. Patriot, but to this younger generation who isn’t aware of some of the older black heros out there and their roles this is their pivotal moment. Out of all the super heros on screen and on tv that are black none have embodied the symbol of this nation to which these children of diversity have been born in, lived in and have been taught that they are a part of. This is not discounting every other black hero, it’s finally affirming the importance of what it mean to be a symbol in a place that has fought the acceptance of diversity as a representation in equal stance of the land. It would be no different if the hero was Asian, Native American, or Latino. If you feel that it is then perhaps you don’t know what it is to feel underrepresented.