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John Byrne
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Looking forward to complaints that Black Bolt is not African!
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Wallace Sellars
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I recall that there was someone who wrote a letter Marvel actually published
who complained about all the characters with "Black" in their name and asked
why other characters weren't named "Green Hulk", "Yellow Shang-Chi", etc.



Unless "Black" being a part of the name makes sense - a la Black Panther
*ahem* - it isn't something I much care for either. Why the heck was Dr. Foster
named Black Goliath?

What other Marvel characters (besides Black Bolt) had "Black" in their names?
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The Black Knight.
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Wallace Sellars
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The Black Knight.



I forgot all about that guy! Hopefully, no one ever had a problem with his
name!
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Black Widow
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Brian Hague
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Marvel characters who use the descriptor "Black" and yet are not Black themselves include Black Tom, Black Mamba, Black Bolt, Black Knight, Black Widow, Black Marvel, Black Queen, Black King, Black Bishop, Black Cat, Black Crow, Blackwing, Black Death, Black Fox, Blackjack O'Hare, Black Dwarf, Black Jack Tarr, Black Lama, Black Light, Black Lotus, Blackout, Black Tarantula, Black Raazer, Black Racer, Black Spectre, Black Rider, Black Swan, Blackheart, Blackbird, Blacklash, ... I'm certain I've missed a few. 

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Of course, Marvel itself addressed the "Black Goliath" matter in an issue of Marvel Two-In-One when Bill Foster changed his name. I don't remember the phrase exactly, but Ben says something like, "Well, Goliath wuz a bad guy, and it's pretty obvious to see yer black. Why not go with Giant-Man? That's worked pretty well so far."
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This thread reminds me once again of the question of just when and why "Yellow" and "Oriental" became unacceptable.
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Not sure when "Yellow" became unacceptable, but it arguably became
racist in the late 19th century when all the "Yellow Peril" stuff began. It's
also a label that white people put on Asians, not one that Asians used
to identify themselves, unlike "Black".

Oriental isn't as offensive as much as it sounds old-fashionedly weird,
like "Colored" and "Negro" even though the NAACP and the UNCF still
use those terms.
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Brian O'Neill
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When people stopped saying 'Occident', there was no need to use its opposite, 'Orient'.
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