Robert Kirkman Responds to Claims That The Walking Dead Has a Race Problem
Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic book series — and the television series of the same name — have spawned millions and millions of fans. But with all of those supporters comes the occasional critic. Take, for example, one fan who took issue with what he or she sees as a major race problem in the TWD world.
This fan accused TWD of killing off more minority characters than white characters, which is a loaded accusation that RK took very seriously, even choosing to respond to it in the letter column in The Walking Dead Issue #125. ”I’ve killed significantly more white characters than any other race,” he began before conceding that maybe the cast and characters of TWD isn’t as diverse as it could be. “I hear you, though. It’s important to me that this book represents a realistic cross-section of people. I’m always trying to work in more minority characters.”
We have lost characters of color in the past (RIP, T-Dog) but we never felt that TWD kills more minority characters as opposed to their caucasian counterparts. Our survivors, however, are predominantly white.
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The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.