@Godot: Then you are even more ignorant that your post lets on. "White privileged" is the farthest thing one would use to describe my life and assumes a hell of a lot. Further, that is an ignorant phrase used when people cannot intelligently discuss what can be a volatile topic. I hinted at no racism. Diversity is often a buzzword used to apply some kind of "street cred", or appease the PC crowd at the cost of quality. To this effect I do call it the "dreaded D-word" as it is often a harbinger of degraded quality, and heavy-handed preaching. It causes a pigeon-holing of the property that usually winds up as supercilious tripe. Where in my post did I even hint at racism or "white privilege" when discussing diversity for diversity's sake? Was it where I defended the target minority group (of whom I could be a part of by the way) by saying that it is patronizing and an insult to the intelligence of readers? Or how about when I said that I would be reading the two books mentioned, and with optimism, only wishing they would let the stories do the talking for themselves instead of trying to induce some pathetic form of politically correct guilt upon their market? If they decided to have a white dude take up Black Panther's mantle, and in their selling of the idea tried to some crap about diversifying the hero, I'd feel just as annoyed.
I think your making too much out of nothing, diversity is not as bad a thing as you make it out to be. I feel that there would be nothing wrong with a white dude being black panther if there is a reason behind it. I think writers are just trying to auto correct the DC world and take note that hey there is more of a even split when it comes to race in the DC world. Because as it stands now its like 85% white heroes and 10% black and 5% other in my mind. Now some of this may be heavy handed but i say give it some time and see what these characters are about before damning them. Not every character has a smooth debut or a debut void of making money but some of these character have still came out as great characters.