The “token minority” trope follows the concept of a minority figure that has little or no significance to the plot line of the story and is placed there for possible racial discussions or as a source of drama later in the film or show (“Token Minority”). So what relation does this have to a larger role in films? Over time, there is a progression of how a minority fits within any genre and if their role is significant enough to help them survive within a group that eventually forms. The third trope minorities, especially blacks, are associated with is the “magical negro.” This is a trope wherein minorities get a chance to prove they are not bad people and can offer powerful insight or prove useful in situations (“Magical Negro”).
Since minorities have gained a more significant role in movies, it begs the question: what happens to them after they become the “magical negro” in the horror genre? Does the min...
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