Looking at Tokenism on Broadway

Looking at Tokenism on Broadway

Hopefully at this point, we all agree that minorities are underrepresented in media. People of color deserve to be represented. However, this very public and debated issue of minority casting has created a whole new controversy of its own: tokenism. Tokenism defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “actions that are the ​resul​t ​of pretendin​g to give advantag​e to those group​s in society who are often treated ​​unfairly​, in order to give the ​appearance​ of fairness​.”

This implies that people of color are being written/cast with intent of creating a safe appearance of diversity. Of course, this means that more characters are being created for people of color in entertainment, but not out of respect for their abilities or talents, but simply for their superficial value to the media. 

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