At the very end, I read her an audience question that said something like, “How do you think your shows have changed the position of African-Americans on television?” After a little pause, she said one of the things she’d learned was that on shows with Only One (only one woman, only one black character, only one Asian person, only one gay character), that’s when the Only One is required to be about nothing except that characteristic. She said her hope was in part that just by having more than Only One on her shows, she gave those characters room to develop and to have other things about them be important. She hopes that — and here’s the rub — by consciously increasing diversity overall she makes the race of each character less limiting, less defining.
from Linda Holmes’s piece on Shonda Rhimes.
This is so true for me in books as well. As long as we have so few diverse characters in books, they are expected to do the heavy lifting for everyone else, as if they represent every Black or homosexual or mentally ill or Muslim or whatever person IRL too. The more diverse characters we have in books, the more they can be characters and not representations. The answer is more, more, and more.
So embarrassing when you stare into the abyss and the abyss stares back at you so you wave but the abyss was staring at the dude behind you.
is it just me or did tumblr change their body font from Helvetica to Helvetica Neue?