And that’s perfectly valid. I don’t personally see them as black because I see that they all the Arab influences in their design, and know how Egyptians tend to identify. And I know that they have the backing of genetic research that shows that region to be very distinctive, to the point they know that modern Egyptians have more of a mix of sub-Saharan African than did the ancient Egyptians based off research on Northern mummies. As you travel south where many Nubians resided, they expect stuff to change and early research indicates that.
But I don’t mind if others see them as black, because black is also used to refer to anyone with a particular skin color. And that skin color has had real world consequences, and that belief has shaped world politics. It affects people’s lives to this day.
I think it may be better to say that people want a hero that is of sub-Saharan African descent, but that requires a lot of explaining and history that can be short handed by the word black. And so I understand why such a simple request doesn’t generally involve such explanations.
In the end, I come down on the side of them being Arabs because of their numerous cultural markers indicating Arab origin, and the real world history and identification of most Egyptians. But I don’t really care so much so long as people don’t use it as a way to invalidate the desire of others to see a black woman in Overwatch of sub-Saharan African descent.