A token character is a character added just to be there. Like how there always is a black character in the main cast or amoung the major side characters.
when I watch TV I don't see many black people as I see other races. I do however notice that when there are a black person in a show they don't have much of a line or as interesting plot line as the main characters which sucks.
Side characters are side characters. White side characters usually don't have much interesting storyarcs either. But enjoy your black characters
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Maybe toss in a Hispanic to spice things up. I love how much more inclusive the industry is becoming though. America is far too diverse for mostly white people to rule these shows and movies.