Writer characters are all the rage these days, but in a time when a black female is a rarity, some have argued that they are the wrong way to treat a character.
So how does a character from a fictional fictional show like ‘The Walking Dead’ compare to real-life black women?
The “Park” character on “The Walking DEAD” was an African-American female who was forced to move to a white town because of her race.
The character was voiced by Krysten Ritter, who is black.
But there are a number of other examples of characters that are often written as white.
In fact, it’s difficult to identify a character that’s white as a black person without going back and re-reading the character’s dialogue.
“I think it’s very difficult to be a character of color when you’re writing, especially in the comics and the TV world,” actress Laverne Cox, who plays Tyreese on “Orange is the New Black,” told NPR.
“There’s so much of the Blackness of the characters and it’s so difficult to separate those characters from the writers and from the creators.”
As it turns out, Cox has been writing about Black characters in fiction for years, as the character of Dr. Ruth Lillie is a character in her own comic series, “Ruth.”
It’s the story of a doctor who travels to the Black world, only to find herself at odds with the locals.
“The show that I wrote about is actually about a character who’s a Black woman who moves to the White world,” Cox told NPR in a 2015 interview.
“It’s a story of race.
It’s about the history and the politics and the struggles that people of color face in the Black community.
It really resonates with me, because it’s a show that has been very important to me, and I have to think about my own work as a Black writer, too.”
But Cox’s character, Ruth, is the only one of the many characters in “Park,” a fictional story set in the fictional town of Park, that are Black.
It makes sense, as it is written in a world where Black women are considered second-class citizens and treated like second-rate citizens.
“She’s the only black person that is ever going to get into a school,” Cox said.
“She’s never going to have a chance.
And she has no hope of ever living a normal life.”
Even though the show was created for black people, the writers had to deal with the reality that white characters often get the most attention, Cox said, and the character is often the only Black character that gets a fair shake.
“It’s like, ‘We’ve got to give that character an equal chance to be on TV,'” Cox said in a 2014 interview.
The writers were forced to take into account how different the character was to the rest of the cast, and that is what Cox did.
“Ruth was a beautiful character, and yet she was just like every other white person on television,” Cox explained.
“But the show is so diverse that it really resonated with me.”
As a Black person, it has been difficult to find a fictional character that doesn’t portray racial injustice.
“There’s definitely a white woman in my head that wants to be Black,” Cox recalled.
“And I’m like, I don’t want to be that white woman.
I’m not comfortable with that.
So it’s been challenging.”
She is hoping that other fictional writers will see her writing about black characters and try to change the ways in which they are written.
“What we do at TheWalkingDead, we’ve just gotten to the point where we can have characters of color in our story, but we can also have characters who are just like everybody else,” Cox continued.
“That’s the way that we want to continue to tell our stories.
That’s the path that we’re on right now.”
And she’s not the only person who has been thinking about how to tackle the problem of Black characters and how they are treated.
“When you write a Black character, you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you,” Cox concluded.
“You’ve got this character that is just a piece of paper.
And you’ve been working on it for so long.
And it’s time to get up and move on.
It can’t continue.
It needs to stop.”