People of color are too often relegated to supporting roles in mainstream urban fantasy. I just read this about Researcher Keith Green who is creating a course at Rutgers University about Black Science Fiction through the ages.
I really related to this statement:
“He explains that blacks were often relegated to ancillary roles, while white, heterosexual males were portrayed as the protagonists and heroes. Historically, he adds, black characters have maintained what Toni Morrison called an “Africanist presence” in American literature, portrayed as sidekicks who provide emotional support or guidance for the main characters.”
So even though they’re there, they don’t really have their own story. Here are some works that come to mind to demonstrate what I mean. Can you think of others? List in comments section.
- Guinan on Star Trek
- Trez and Iam in the Black Dagger Brotherhood