Television’s newfound racial diversity is about profit as much as inclusion
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In 2008, as the U.S. was about to elect its first black President, the major broadcast networks announced a fall schedule that featured only one show starring a person of color. And that depended on your definitions of person and of color: the series, Fox’s The Cleveland Show, was animated, and its African-American lead was voiced by a white guy.
The ensuing years have proved, from Trayvon Martin to Donald Sterling, that the Obama age did not usher in a postracial paradise. But here’s one sign of hope and change: those same broadcasters just announced what is likely their most racially diverse new schedule ever.