I agree with both @Christopher and @The Laughing Vulcan on this one. I think it's entirely possible that the Japanese were that on-the-nose about the name and character but I also never really thought of him as such watching the series. It seemed to me there was a line or two that did make me wonder if Jet was supposed to be black but that might have been from watching dub vs sub, I always went with the dub for Bebop, but it's been so long I can't remember. Not that being time for a rewatch is painful with this show. Sorry if my earlier comment ruffled any feathers, what's a good smiley for I want to make a silly comment but please don't take it TOO seriously?