Why there's so much racism in The Flash (Iris West), Sleepy Hollow (Abbie Mills) and Te Walking Dead (Michonne?. I don't see all this in Scandal (Olivia Pope) and Suits (Jessica Pearson).
Because these characters dare to be something other than supportive best friends, sapphires, jezebels, mammies, angry black women, or [insert stereotype here]. They dare to be the co-lead, the love interest, the badass, beloved by the male lead and the viewers, and important to the story which means they can’t be easily shoved into the background (see Sleepy Hollow). They make certain people uncomfortable, and that’s when we get folks telling Abbie Mills and Joss Carter fans to go watch BET if we want to see more of them or calling Iris West stupid because she refuses to let the men in her life dictate what she can and can’t do.
I’m not in the Suits, Scandal or The Walking Dead fandom, but the small peeks I’ve had into them (minus Scandal) has revealed some fuckery. I’ve seen people get all over Jessica for not letting herself be walked all over, and I’ve seen calls for Michonne to remain alone and lonely because she’s a badass and doesn’t need to be involved with anyone (yet say nothing about Maggie or Carol needing to be alone because of their badassness). Now to be fair, I haven’t peeked in on those fandoms in a while so maybe things have changed.
Ultimately, fandom is just a microcosm of the larger society. It would be nice to join a fandom that has a black woman character and not have to spend half my time defending her from racism, but unfortunately that’s not going to happen anytime soon.