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Before you say I'm racist, xenophobic, inbred, or an inbred racist xenophobe, hear me out. Affirmative Action characters are characters put in a work for no other reason other than the fact that they're a minority (I.E. black, Asian, gay, etc.). They're not advancing the story, they're there to show how inclusive, tolerant, and open-minded the author is. At best, they're clunky inserts of random, unnecessary details, or at worst, they're shallow stereotypes. Well formed characters should disagree with you, they should be alive (True story: My second protagonist (deutragonist?) Ranta Vay started as a sketch of a woman's face in a fancy hood. She began to build momentum, and basically insisted that I write her into a story. And it worked. I love the way she turned out!).
Affirmative Action characters aren't good characters. I'm not saying every gay character, or every black character, or every Asian character is an Affirmative Action chara