A Distinct Lack of Diversity in a Show about Diversity

It is widely accepted that the X-Men series serves as an allegory for racism in the United States. The oppression the mutated people in the franchise is a direct parallel to the oppression of African Americans and the LGTBQIA community in the United States. In 1982, X-Men writer Chris Claremont explained, “”The X-Men are hated, feared, and despised collectively by humanity for no other reason than that they are mutants. So what we have…, intended or not, is a book that is about racism, bigotry, and prejudice.”

So, how do we get to the point where a show, the Gifted on Fox, features so little diversity, while preaching acceptance and inclusiveness? The show, based around the children of a prosecutor of mutants who just so happen to be mutants themselves and find themselves on the run from the government for causing an accident at their school after the son is being bullied quite intensely, features only 3 characters of minority status. One of which is Middle Eastern, one is Latino, and one is Asian. The entirety of the rest of the cast is white.

This is a problem. You cannot preach acceptance and inclusiveness while continuing to blast the screens with whiteness. You cannot argue for inclusiveness while simultaneously lacking diversity in your medium. The need for more inclusiveness goes into the show about being accepting and fighting against prejudice and discrimination, yet here we are with the Gifted, lacking in the diversity column.

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