Because you did. Categorically stating that “Hispanics, Blacks, and some Asians, are largely poor” is a vast generalization and part of the basic dictionary definition of racism.
But more to the point. Yes, whites likely have the largest purchasing power in the United States (I wouldn’t know, I’m Canadian) but you forget: minority groups still represent huge portions of the market. Many studios seek to tap into the “urban market” (a polite way of saying “black people”), and some say that is the reason George Lucas cast Samuel L. Jackson in the Star Wars prequels. Some argue that African-Americans otherwise wouldn’t much care for Star Wars (given that apparently the only black guy in a galaxy far, far away is Lando Calrissian ).
Regardless, I’m not saying major studios are racist or whatever. What I actually said was that the fanboys who freak out every time a comic book character has a different race (like the idiots whining about Michael B. Jordan being cast in the Fantastic 4 reboot) are probably more racist than they’d like to admit.
This is getting kind of ridiculous. No one's meeting half-way like I tried my best to do, which shows that the door swings both ways, folks.
Nick Fury being white originally doesn't make it wrong for him to appear portrayed as black now for, in my book, 2 reasons. First, his son Nick Fury Jr., aka Marcus Johnson, was black and looks a hell of a lot like...my second reason, the Ultimate comics version of Nick Fury. So the fact that they pretty much just merged this in the comics prior to having it on screen gave me time to get to know the character (I didn't know the white Nick Fury too well except what was on the Spider-Man cartoon in the 1990s) and so when it came time for Samuel L. Jackson to start rocking that eyepatch, I was down with that and he pulled it off and continued to do so with aplomb. Any dissing of what decisions were made in regards to that would have to be founded in racism, so, sorry, but Marvel covered their asses quite nicely at least in that one aspect as far as not being 100% political correctness motivated. And again, I say this as having the highest priority being remaining faithful to the comics.
Here's the other thing: I have no problem with the SUPERHERO itself changing race. Both white Peter Parker and Hispanic/black Miles Morales are Spider-Man. But if you want to have a guy who would look more appropriate to play Miles Morales to instead be cast as Peter Parker, now you're going too far. This is another easy, elegant solution to the problem of character race-swapping that should satisfy everybody: Just invent a new secret identity for that superhero behind the mask or whatever, have them assume the mantle and let the original person or whatever retire from the spotlight and move on, sort of like how in the Ant-Man movie, Hank Pym is retired and is helping Scott Lang take up the role of Ant-Man (except there's no race-swapping going on there, though there shouldn't be since both Pym and Lang were Caucasian in the comics anyway). Most superheroes have multiple people assuming that identity anyway, so why not add some flavor to the roster of a few more and let us get to know them on the printed page and then give them a turn on the big screen? Nobody should have a problem with this, should they?
Changing Johnny Storm into an African-American just out of the blue, though, was just a really poor, shallow decision because mainly it changes the entire Storm family dynamic, and gives no good reason beyond what I am sorry to say is nothing more than transparent affirmative-action style pandering. That kind of thing never gets a good rap because it denigrates the person it benefits whether they like it or not, and gives people a negative attitude about them even if they have the talent. I happen to have loved Michael B. Jordan's performance in Chronicle, and he already got to have superpowers, so I respect him as an actor and have no reason not to think he'd do a good job as Johnny Storm but for the fact that so much has to change for that to work in the movie, and I can't accept all that (although to be fair, if they just made the entire Storm family black so there's none of that adoption crap given as the reason Sue and Johnny aren't the same race, I'd be less unhappy since then that at least repairs the fractured family dynamic). There are so many other characters he could have played in other movies if he wants to be an actual comic book superhero, like X-Men and things that have yet to be green-lit or maybe even some of the TV series that are planned. Shoehorning that into the already poorly planned F4 reboot is not cool and he should know that. What needs to happen is minority superheroes getting more exposure and then we'll have plenty of appropriate actors to play them the way they were intended in the comics. The solution is NOT to just 'blackface' established characters to fill what I agree is certainly an unmet need. There are so many different creative avenues around this extremely undesirable one, but nobody in the business seems to want to do that, I guess, and if that's the case, shame on them. Does that still sound racist?
If this still comes across as racist, consider this: What if people started saying someone white should play T'Challa, the Black Panther? If the actor portraying him is talented beyond Chadwick Boseman's ability, isn't it only right that the part go to the best possible actor? Fuck no! The person playing the character should be as true to the comics as possible. Hell, I was initially pissed off about Benedict Cumberbatch being cast as Doctor Strange, and I fucking LOVE that guy as an actor. I just don't think he's got the right look. But he's still white, so it clearly isn't a race issue. It's simply a measure of accuracy to the comics. And at least to me, it isn't just about keeping whites in the majority, we fans today weren't the ones who wrote the fucking comics to be that way back when they were first published, and anyway, we venerate the black, Asian and other ethnicity superheroes as much as the white ones when we see them in the stories (or at least I do; hell, I was keeping my eyes on War Machine that whole final battle of Iron Man 2, he was way more badass than Iron Man).
And furthermore, I'm angry that Falcon was not given the same powers he got in the comics during The Winter Soldier. THAT feels like an injustice that I'm not able to come up with any excuse for other than maybe they didn't want the idea of the minority superheroes getting too much power this soon. But with any luck they'll amend that during Civil War. They also pretty much cleaned him up because he was a criminal in the comics before that and they gave him a pretty squeaky-clean background in this one. We wouldn't want to portray blacks as stereotypes, would we? Okay, that probably sounds racist but as far as character backstories and overall story arcs are concerned, obviously there need to be liberties taken so I'm fine with them fudging those type of things to make the movie universe mesh as smoothly as possible. When I see the character on the screen though, I want to be harkened back to seeing the ones on the pages of the comics without having to even think about it. I can't do that with MBJ as the Human Torch (not that I'm going to waste my time on that movie anyway).
Phew...I hope I covered all the bases. While I do agree with the whole 'that's how it was back in the day' thing, I disagree with the current business aspect of whitewashing things for the sake of appealing to a larger audience. There are other things they can be doing and having Black Panther is a good start as far as having a black superhero's name on an MCU movie title, so hopefully this trend strengthens and doesn't go the shallow route.