It’s easy to overlook LaDonna, who is, after all, merely a very strong black female. It doesn’t matter that she’s subject to the trials of Job in post-Katrina New Orleans. Trials that include running a small business, getting raped and searching hopelessly for a murdered brother. The very premise for such a character is so… 2006. LaDonna has no secret past. She’s not bisexual nor half-Mongol. She doesn’t drink blood, sell weed or live with a serial killer. Her skin does not have an Amerindian tint. In a time when you have to be a multicultural Swiss Army knife to draw critical attention, LaDonna is a 4” wood saw.
How did we come to take actresses like Alexander, Regina King and Aisha Hindsfor granted? What happened to the acclimitization period between right now and the time when Claire Huxtable and CCH Pounder were still exotic? There was no in between time. No time of weighty ethnic roles.
Television has cleverly figured out a way around such weight, and in the process around real multicultural casts too. Why depict one or two or three marginalized cultures in your show when you can jam all those cultures into a single character?
(via Multiculturalism Alive at the Emmys | VERY ETHNIC)