I was thinking about the time I visited NYC a few years ago and how I came away with the revelation that there was so much diversity. In one subway car I would see so many different people with different ethnic backgrounds; it was amazing. Why was I so surprised? White washing. The older I get, the more I see how apparent it is. The shows based in New York City that I watch have predominantly white casts. Why is that?
Sadly, there are only a few exceptions of shows that either have recurring characters or stars that are something other than white:
30 Rock, Law and Order, The Mindy Project, The Cosby Show, The Jeffersons, Diff’rent Strokes, Everybody Hates Chris, and Ugly Betty.
Of course these are only a sample of the shows based in New York City, but they’re enough to help my point. New York City is
insanelyterribly misrepresented on TV. I’m not the first to criticize this error in television; I just hope we all see this and want it to change.
Good points (edited slightly for ableist language, though)