Why Can’t Spider-Man Be Black?

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(via Hardknock.tv) Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover is riding high. His latest album “Camp” is getting rave reviews, as well as his Comedy Central standup special “Weirdo” which aired this past weekend.  While Glover has no problem racking up fans with his rapping and comedic skills, there was one line mainstream America wouldn’t let him cross.  When Sony Pictures decided to reboot the Spider-Man film franchise, Glover’s name was thrown in the ring as a possible casting choice for Peter Parker. Unfortunately, things got real ugly when Glover started receiving hateful comments across the blogosphere. “All these nerds were hitting me up on Twitter and emailing me, calling me n*gger and saying don’t take Peter Parker away from us,” Glover shares.  The role would eventually go to British actor Andrew Garfield, but Glover would end up having the last laugh–this past fall, Marvel Comics introduced Miles Morales, a Black and Latino teenager from the Bronx, as the new Spider-Man in their Ultimate line of comic books.

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What say you readers? Were the reactions to Donald Glover’s casting proof positive that America has a long way to go when it comes to diversity? Share your comments below.

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