@MikeE: The part of my argument that you are missing is that Almost all of the most popular shows are taking place in one of the 6 or so of the country’s population centers. And those population centers look nothing like the make up on TV would have you believe.
Sure there are tons of white people in the rest of the country, but THESES SHOWS AREN’T BEING SET THERE! Sure you have stuff like toddlers and tiaras, of course it’s white, most of the people in kentucky are. But most of television ignores that people of color exist in yes, even those other parts of the country. Alabama for example 1 in 4 is black.
Also, by the way, the US only has about 311 million people. There are 50 million hispanics, 38 million blacks, 14 million asians, and 19 million of other non-white races. That is 121 MILLION PEOPLE of color, compared to 196 non-hispanic whites. And if gays are a reflection of the general population, then no matter how you cut it, the diversity simply isn’t there.
I cant name a single Latino gay person on a current tv show. Black, I can only think of maybe 1 or 2 at most. So thats adequate? These are national shows, most often depicting major cities, and this is how it is?