Aug 8, 2017
Some initial facts to chew on: population distribution by ethnicity puts caucasians at roughly 60% in the United States, and below 33% globally, according to census data and CIA factbooks between 2010 and the present. That means that by ethnic identification, 40% of Americans and 66% of the world recognizes itself as non-white. Now go to the movie theater, video game shop, comic book rack, or convention center, and see if the math holds true. Something feel a little out of joint?
There have been great strides made in the wide scope of science fiction over the last 50 years with regard to incorporating people of color. Often in step with historic advances in civil rights, political awareness, and a more vocal and interactive global community, the entertainment industry has likewise moved forward to present stories and characters that better represent the diversity of the human race -- both present day, and in the future. So how far have we really come? Who has led, and is still leading, the efforts to progress further towards true representation of all ethnicities in science fiction? And how far are we from where we ought to be?
Joined by writer Tai Gooden, we look at the past, present, and future of diversity in science fiction through all media.