@dabee: So expecting them to rescpect the source material is racism? Am i racist for wanting characters in the screen to look like they do on the source material? ok, they might as well make Galactus a cosmic cloud inste- oh crap.
The source material doesn't include race, it has to do with the story. If they made the Human Torch a robot from the future that uses ice as a weapon instead of fire, that would be drifting from the source material. Johnny Storm's whiteness isn't part of the story at any point. Hawkeye is blonde, nobody complained when Jeremy Renner (a brunette) completely killed it playing him. (Killed it is a good thing, in this case.) Iron Man was originally kidnapped by Vietnamese militants, nobody complained when it was middle-eastern extremists. Batman was originally a drawing on paper, but Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian BALE? All of them actually, organic, living, breathing HUMANS! Did people complain about this major inconsistency? No, it didn't matter just like Hawkeye's hair, Iron Man's kidnappers, or Batman's media incarnation. The same is true of Torch's race. Skin color is just a feature, which doesn't define a character in the slightest unless it does. (In this case, it doesn't.)
So, yes. It is racist to want the character to remain white.
Read this, everyone who thinks it's not racist: This.
Personally Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye was my only real problem with the Avengers. I thought he was pretty boring and dull in the movie. In my opinion of course.
Like I said I don't really care all that much if the character is portrayed by Michael B. Jordon. I haven't seen him in anything before, so just going off what people are saying he seems like a decent actor. However I don't think people who want the character to be portrayed by someone who is white are racists.