Robert Kirkman Responds to Claims That The Walking Dead Has a Race Problem
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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.”

TWD has been the target of similar claims in the past, but we think RK and the Powers That Be did a great job introducing a unique group of characters in Season 4, including Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.), who is black, and Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos), whose nationality isn’t completely clear. Let’s also not forget Tara Chambler (Alanna Masterson), who is the series’ first lesbian 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.

Do you think TWD has a race problem? Tell us your thoughts below!

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.


04.14.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Samantha Leffler
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