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Things need to change. And they need to change now.
USA Today reported on a national survey that consisted of 1,388 Americans ages 18-54 who describe themselves as “frequently engaging with TV, movies, social media or video games.” When all the results were tallied, 4 in 5 Black Americans (2 out of 3 total surveyed) said it’s obvious when characters of color and their stories aren’t written by people of color.
The study continued that while 1 in 3 of those surveyed believe there have been improvements in the last 7 in 10 stated that the entertainment industry needs to improve its representation.
“The high level of consumer interest in diverse stories and voices surfaced very strongly in this research,” said Cindi Smith, vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion practice for the National Research Group, in a statement included with the report.
The report ended with this damning sentence: “The entire media ecosystem needs to step up its representation game.”