I found this this gorgeously written article about the importance of diversity both in front of and behind the cameras. The writer calls everyone to task, from Joss Whedon, to The Flash, for not doing a better job of creating characters of color.
The creators of these shows, when they get lazy, or pressed for time often show an appalling lack of imagination and creativity when it comes to PoC, and sometimes, even unknowingly, can fall into old stereotypes they have never bothered to examine, no matter how well-meaning, or good-hearted, they believe themselves to be.
Racist/ableism//transphobia/homophobia/ageism – these behaviors are insidious mind-snatchers, and they are relentless. When you don’t make an effort to fight them everyday, when you get tired, when you slow down, or just don’t think things through, they creep in, and take over. One has to remain vigilant, and sometimes, even vigilance doesn’t work. I don’t know how many times I’ve run into stereotypes and bad thoughts lurking in the back of my mind, so I know it’s impossible not to be racist when one doesn’t even bother to examine those back rooms because of laziness or the belief that a person already knows what’s in one’s head.
The media needs to do better.
This next article is a fascinating look at look at how the media shapes the way people think and aids and abets in the development of racial thought. It’s a Canadian writer, but this can easily be applied to US television, too. It’s long been my theory that television isn’t just a mirror, it is a teaching tool. Television tells us how to act, how to be, how to preform being American, and how/ what to think about it.
So much of what most of us know about the world, how it works, and how we feel about it, is through mainstream media depictions of class, race, culture, and gender. This is what poor people are like, here’s a picture of some Irish people, this is how atheists are, this is how normal women dress and behave, this is what normal men think about.If you don’t have first hand knowledge about any of these things, than you probably got most of your ideas, about the subject, from television.