Why Is Society Intent on Erasing Black People in Fantasy and Sci-Fi’s Imaginary Worlds? | The Root

Ashley Nkadi • 2017-11-09 10:00 AM

I was Dean Thomas, appearing ever so often in the halls of Hogwarts, but never enough to truly be seen. I was Daenerys’ personal assistant, whose insight, wisdom and strength were valuable enough to be leaned on, but not exceptional enough to actually be the Breaker of Chains. In worst cases, I was a villain, a miscreant or no one at all—an extra fleeting through a scene too quickly to even be registered.

So why do fantasy and science fiction lack diversity?

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