Through Twitter, I recently discovered the online community Black Girl Nerds. I know…I am not their target demo (white and a guy)… but I am really impressed with the community. Their articles are thoughtful and challenging. And the discussions they generate? Some of the best discussions (especially on the intersection of race and general tv/movie/comic geekery) I have witnessed. The BGN community seems to be one of the few where people can express differing opinions without the usual vitriol.
Just the other day, they published this article. Basically taking a stance that the author wants Peter Parker to remain white, it was met with thoughtful responses on Twitter. Folks discussed the issue of most iconic characters being white, and whether creating new characters resolves the lack of diversity, since a new character is less than likely to get a film.
It was not a bunch of insults and name calling. It was a peaceful discussion, which seems all to rare in the geek/nerd fan arena.
I highly recommend checking them out.