The issue is valid.
Most of the myths and legends are european in nature, which feature european characters. There have been strides recently to include other races, but I would not dismiss it out of hand.
I do not fault SGG for not including dark skinned characters from US American culture, because it is a fine line. You have to honor without creating stereotypical (racist) characters or perpetuating archetypes. Unless you pick a character named Bam Barrackson, you may risk offending. Dangerous territory.
However, i think the discussion should continue, because the world needs to evolve beyond archetypes, color-washing, placating, cultural appropriation and other forms of exclusion or “false diversity” for the sake of quota.
It would be very easy to create a character of any skin tone with any back story, and to include all backgrounds and cultures. Make cool characters, theyll stand on their own.
Im white, middle class, average in every way. One of my kids wanted to be Black panther for halloween…because he was an awesome character with cool powers. He wasn’t an african-american spiderman or another character who has had another african american (conveniently) “take up the mantle” in a transparent attempt to be inclusive. Black panther was cool because he was unique.
SGG can do this too without ruffling feathers or making a showy scene.
It isn’t just a game. Our lives and perceptions, memories and sense of self are cobbled together, aggregated from all of our inputs.
So with that, we need to be cognizant that we do not maintain the status quo and force ourselves out of what we know in an effort to consider all people.
Its better for everyone, in the end.