by Lightspeed Magazine
"If we can imagine long-term space travel and rifts in time and androids that can have human emotions and beings who can alter reality with the snap of their fingers, why is science fiction having such a hard time reflecting the diversity of the world—current or future?" This. And Amen with Tasha as well.
As a kid I wasn't really precocious when it came to topics on society, but it was too obvious to not notice how there's always only one girl and/or non-white member per group. And this is still the case if it's an all girl group, like the Disney princesses for example - at the time Jasmine was the only one who wasn't white and she's not even the main character of her movie. Now there are more but in most promo art or merchandise collections the same 'only one non-white' thing still applies. Also, it seems like in TV/comics/games/whatever, they seem to think that if you're lucky enough to get more than one POC, one character to represent each race is enough for being inclusive because people can only be white or not. You were right about Worf, when I was little I thought that because he was an alien he didn't count, and I saw Geordi as the one they had to stand for representation.
That's a very valid question. If there's warp speed and sentient robots in sci-fi, and all sorts of magic in fantasy, then having diversity in the cast of characters shouldn't be much of a stretch at all, right?
"It is my hope that all the precocious children of today won’t have to continue to ask this question tomorrow."