In Arrow, race was displayed throughout the entire pilot episode. There was a total of four black characters being portrayed. These four characters did not old much importance to any part of the show. They were all accessories to the main characters. They were shown as a step husband, good friend, side kick to the main detective and body guard. Although there was a large number of African American characters, there was no importance between the four of them.
To start, the good friend and step husband had no importance due to the issue that their connecting character of the girlfriend and the mom did not have much importance to the episode as well. This makes their lack of importance to the show because the characters they normally are seen with were not portrayed very often as well.
John Diggle, the body guard to the main character was not portrayed in a favorable manner. Although he was not portrayed in the generic criminal view, he was still portrayed in the view of being a dumb babysitter, not the marine that he was. He always got tricked by Oliver Queen, making him look less intelligent than he truly is. He also got very little lines, showing he is less important to the show.
Also, the detective had a partner who was African American. Instead of him figuring anything out or adding input to contribute to finding an answer. His only point on being in the show, is to calm the detective down when dealing with the main character, who caused the death of his daughter. He again acted as the “babysitter role” not an equal to the white character.
In conclusion, Arrow made me realize that this show decides to make a cultural transmission by giving them important jobs, as a marine, detective, lawyer and CEO, but it still did not give them the airing time needed to make a true difference. They do not hold the same importance to the show as their white counterparts. To make this show more accepting and revolutionary, they need to add more importance in the roles of these African American characters.