First of all, I thought that this was equally sad and laughable that people would comment on the fact that the cast was predominantly black because the show is set in Harlem, where the population is predominantly black. Second of all, this to me was an example of white anxiety because people are complaining that there isn’t enough diversity in a show, yet most television and movies are whitewashed.
The fact that a cast that is mainly black was met with such visible discomfort and labeled “racist” on Twitter shows that some white people have a very privileged outlook of race representation in media. I don’t recall any outrage or accusations of racism when the first Spiderman movie came out with a predominantly white cast. I also don’t remember any backlash about the black to white ratio in both of the Avengers movies. It would be easy to write off the tweets complaining about Luke Cage as a representation of individual ugliness and racism, but the amount of criticism about race shows that this is unfortunately a cultural phenomenon. White anxiety is not always conscious, so it can be hard to confront. While I was browsing Twitter I noticed another tweet that expressed white anxiety in a very honest way.
The tweet above also addresses white anxiety, but it does so in a more productive way. The person tweeting is not only aware of their subconscious racism, they acknowledge and challenge it, creating a more honest talk about race and things that we experience when we are taken outside of our comfort zone.