token black character

the one thing i don’t get about token black characters in movies more than anything is the fact that none of them have a black friend/cousin/foc (friend of color) who they basically parrot all of their white friends’ dumb as fuck quotes to, it’s just not realistic

they’re suffering alone and i hate it

I don’t like Caitlyn Jenner but look at how they portray her in South Park. Or any trans character. Look how they have a black character literally named Token ala “token black character,” look at how they treat the bathroom bill issue, look at how they treat so many minorities like shit and only use them when a cheap joke is available, a cheap joke that’s been done into the dirt for decades. South Park is shit and if you seriously like it on any level then you’re not a good person.

Petition for a Laurel/Cisco-Sara/Nyssa Spin Off based only on the Black Canary/Birds of Prey Mythos.

I mean…
Haters of Laurel Lance want Laurel to get her own Spin Off so that they’re not forced to watch her on Arrow.
All the while, Stans of Laurel Lance want Laurel to get her own Spin Off so that they can watch her blossom under a different/better/less Olicity writing team.
And the few people in between are either Blackvibe Shippers or Laurel/Nyssa friendship shippers.
And that’s not counting the countless of Nyssara Shippers and Sara Fans that would flock to the show.
Or the Comic Book geeks greedy for a Birds of Prey Remake, for that mater.
Basically, everyone on this Fandom wants this Spin Off.

anonymous asked:

I think the CW likes to have more racial diversity so they like to have a token black character. The Flash did the same thing, Iris West was always white until the most recent TV show - so her, her dad and her bother (Wally West, who is also historically white) are the black characters. Iris doesn't have any real storyline other than being Barry's love interest, she works as a reporter but that's not something that the audience ever sees. Supergirl made Jimmy Olsen black, but he's just there too

I’ve never seen either of these shows, so I can’t comment on them, but TVD is really bad for this kind of crap: they throw in a token minority (black, gay, etc.), but then never really treat them as a character (to be somewhat fair: none of their characters are fully-realized fictional human beings; they’re little pawns who exist to move the ridiculous plot from convoluted point A to the even more convoluted point B). You don’t really get to call that representation. 

ALL characters, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, etc., should be written with their humanity in mind–that is, the complicated jumble of traits and foibles of which actual living, breathing people are comprised. Race, sexual orientation, gender, etc.; all of these should be secondary considerations. They can be an important identification for a single individual, but distilling them to just that one superficial and involuntary trait in writing is sloppy and generally offensive. 

stranger things, set in the 80s:
1. 2 token black characters
2. extremely cisheteronormative, ignores all existence of LGBT ppl
3. based in suburban america and extremely historically inaccurate. only takes into account pop culture.
4. praised heavily

the get down, set in the late 70s:
1. diverse cast
2. recognises the influence LGBT folks had on the 70s and 80s
3. based in an american ghetto. shows the contrast between the hood and the suburbs. takes into account racism, homophobia, pop culture, the growth of hip hop, and various parts of american history.
4. practically ignored

i mean they’re both good but the get down is basically everything people have been asking for yet y'all have been sleeping on it 🤔

“I hope that Zay gets much more development in s3 now that Amir is a regular. My personal hope is that he has an episode devoted to race. Maybe Cory can assign a current events project for the kids, and Zay decides to discuss black history month or the cop-shootings. Angela had a rare few lines about her race (‘I need to get more black friends’ i.g.) but hopefully in 2016 their token one black character can actually be allowed to talk about it. Don’t sugarcoat things”

Um hold the fuck up.
This game (LongStory) has an option for “them”, not just “he” or “she”.
Go play this game.
All of my gays (LGBT+ family), flock to the app store or google play store and get this game.
It’s free (but has in-app purchases).
It’s LGBT+ friendly, like you can play as a nonbinary gendered person. You can be pretty much any sexual orientation. You can be any romantic orientation.
Also, this game has POC everywhere, not just one token black person. Plus, your character is racially ambiguous, so there’s that.
Go play this game, seriously.

May talks: Characters. (minorities and tokens)

I think this is a pretty big deal, especially nowadays where being nice to people that are disadvantaged or seen as such means that a lot of writers, artists and the like will go out of their way to pretend they are so forward and progressive by having characters that are just completely flat and bare only the most stereotypical traits and are just there solely so people can say “ooh he/she’s so progressive!” and oddly enough, I see people actually demanding these things like complaining that a certain character isn’t “Latina enough” or the like.

You know those really annoying kid characters that were supposed to be “relatable” but just made you want to rip their faces off? It’s like that, but with minorities and women.

Now just imagine this guy but geared towards black people or women instead. You’re welcome.

So what’s that I hear? “how DO I write a(n) (x) character?”


Well first off, ditch that line of thinking. When your first thought on a character is “what ethnicity can I make them?” That stuff comes later, if not last.
Okay let’s say you have a character, a young girl, she’s reasonably confident gets stressed out rather easily, likes bugs and has a bit of a habit of giving people silly nicknames. Also, she’s Indian (or somewhere similar to India in a non-Earth setting) and transgender.

The idea is that there would be a potentially enjoyable character even without those last two traits since I thought of her personality first thing. Sure some things (especially as far as race is concerned due to culture) might play a part in someone’s interests or tastes in clothing and such but overall as a character, she’s her personality first. Kinda like how actual people are. Come up with a decent character first, the other stuff comes after.


Now let’s try the opposite way. Let’s say I wanted a character explicitly to earn me some asspats for being so progressive when I don’t really give a rat’s ass like, sadly, so many people on this site.

Oh let’s say I have a character, he’s black and gay. For the sake of "representation” I need to make it as skull-crushingly obvious as possible that he’s black and gay. Uhm… what is it that black people like? Oh yeah, rap music, and hip-hop and he talks in a squeaky Chris-Tucker voice because he’s black I mean we have to make sure he’s “written as black” after all oh yeah he lisps all the time too because he’s gay and drinks only cocktails and has only the most FABULOUS wardrobe, girlfriend cause we have to write him as gay too!

Remember, he’s “POC coded” therefore he HAS to be good right? Representation and all? No?

Oh sorry, did you just feel yourself dying while reading that last paragraph? Well that’s how a fair few of us feel about token characters, they’re basically just stereotypes that are redressed as “positive” like, say, that female Thor, who’s only defining traits appear to be “is a woman” and “obsessed with feminism because she’s a woman”, just a straw-feminist but instead we’re being told it’s a good thing rather than a lazy stereotype of a female protagonist.


Okay so what I’m getting at is generally for a well conceived character you should be thinking “would I still consider this character interesting if I stripped them of their minority status?” or more to the point “If I made this person cisgender, heterosexual and white, would they even have any personality at all?” sure some of their history or interests might be different but at heart they should still be the same person. Getting what I mean here?
Write them as a person, NOT as their race or sexuality or gender identity or anything like that and you’ll generally be on the right track.

fenrisesque  asked:

So, I'm working on a story where almost the entire cast is woc. I have their races and backgrounds pretty firmly set in my mind, but I realised that none of them are black. I could write a supporting character who's black, because there is an open spot for her, but since the way I'm writing it is that we focus first on 1 character, then after her arc I bring back a supporting character and give them /their/ arc, etc, I'm afraid it would be tokenizing. Including her - good idea or bad idea?

Arc-less Characters and “Diversity Quotas”

I think the post Arc-less Characters and Avoiding Tokenism is just for you!

And i’m glad you’re considering adding this character, but remember there is no official diversity quota with boxes you have to check. No set rules in terms of who you have to include and how many of X you’ve included (though mind tokenism and whether their portrayal bids another character of their group).

On the other hand, having an awareness as you have of your work’s inclusiveness is good.

In short: you may not be able to include every race in one story, though I do find it really sound thinking to consider who you can try to include within a given piece or the next if you find it’s lacking certain underrepresented (or highly misrepresented) group(s). And when lacking diversity as a whole within a given work, a good idea to tackle that within that story.

Nice question!

~Mod Colette

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

I’m very tired of this particular brand of fuckery, so I wanna make something clear. NONE OF THESE CHARACTERS ARE TAN(NED). All of them are POC or POC-coded. That’s right. A L L . O F . T H E M .

  • Cedar is made of wood, yes. But the designers chose to make the color of her wood dark brown. Why? Because she’s meant to be seen by the audience as the Token Black character. She’s black while she’s a puppet, she’ll be black when she becomes a “real girl”. The end.
  • Ginger is NOT made of gingerbread, or any other food. None of the media has ever said she’s a living cookie. She is 100% flesh. That flesh is brown. The end.
  • Briar does not have a tan. Neither do Cerise, Hunter, Rosabella, Lily Bo, or Melody. The only “white with a tan” character in EAH so far is Ashlynn.
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  • Caucasian ≠ white. Caucasian is an ethnicity, not a race. Same goes for Hispanic/Latinx and Jewish. 

Duchess is also arguably a POC (she could be read as actually Caucasian). Her webisode appearance allows for interpretation, but her doll and profile art can make things unclear, so I left her off the list.

If I missed anything/screwed up somewhere feel free to add/correct.