Bymarcus mcmillon, writer at Creators.co
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Ever since the New 52 announced that Wally West would be black it had people taking about it. But what is wrong with a black Wally West? In truth there is nothing wrong with a black Wally West. I credit DC for making a bold move. A move that is necessary. With DC embracing the diversity of their roster in the comics. What about the small screen? CW have been fantastic in their mini universe. I love the Flash (obviously) Arrow and I'm sure Legends of Tommorow, Supergirl and Static Shock will follow suit. But what about the diversity in these shows. There is not one black hero in them. Static Shock is still in early development. Syfy said maybe 2016. Apart from that there is no one. Of course my issue is not that these shows have no black actors because they do.

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David Ramsey plays Diggle in Arrow. Diggle is a sidekick who after season three has been relegated to a bit part player due to a large number of characters in the show.

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Candice Patton plays Iris West in the Flash.

While I accept that the shows have a ethnic representation the hero's are never mainstream. Wally West would be ideal for that. Just like in Arrow he has Arsenal, Canary and Speedy. Barry Allen could use a potential sidekick. Even if West is not the flash West. Have him be introduced throughout the season and at the end have him as the Kid Flash.

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New 52 Wally West was a troublesome teenager at first.

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He then became a superhero!

That is exactly what superhero tv shows need. Ethnic minority hero's. Having a black superhero would influence young black children in a positive way. Seeing just pro white males as superheroes has a feeling of bias. When kids play, a ethnic child can not be (or is uncomfortable) to be Flash, Superman Batman etc. Because they do not relate to them. The Flash is a brilliant show and having a African-American Wally West would be ideal.

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