Diversity in media is a good thing
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Many people on the internet, mostly conservatives, can be found ranting about the increasing amount of women, ethnic minorities, and LGBT+ people in their movies, TV shows, and video games. According to many of them, we are being force-fed an "SJW agenda", whether or not we want it. However, I will argue that there's nothing wrong with representing different types of people in media, and the paranoia over "SJWs" is just silly. My opponent must argue that this push for greater diversity is either harmful, or completely neutral. We'll both be free to pull examples from modern media to help in our conversation. Best of luck!
In the 1950s and earlier, nearly every film protagonist was portrayed by a white male. There were exceptions, but those tended to fall into stereotypes about women or other races.
However, there are a lot of different types of people out there, all with unique perspectives that might differ from a white man’s, and I think the world deserves to hear them. There’s nothing wrong with having a white man as your main character, but this shouldn’t be the only kind of protagonist we ever see, like it was back in the 50s.
Another objection you commonly hear is: why does diversity matter?
In a survey of 400 children, the researchers found that black boys and girls experienced lower self-esteem after watching TV, while white boys experienced no change in self-esteem. Children, as well as adults, notice the characters who look like them, and this affects the way they see real-life people, even themselves. I’m not suggesting that we should remove all negative portrayals of African Americans from the media, but that we should balance it out with a lot of positive portrayals too.
You seem to be forgetting that in my first round, I provided scholarly sources which suggest that they do. Such as the study which showed that black children experienced lower self-esteem after watching TV, thanks to the negative and stereotypical portrayal of black people. There are more studies, such as this  one which has found that children seek out media with characters that are part of their identity groups, and this  one which explains how girls show greater appreciation for video games more when given the opportunity to play as a female.
The ideal goal of creating a fictional character, in my opinion, should be to make them as well-rounded and complex as a person in the real world. And what’s the opposite of a complex person? A stereotype.
In summary, diversity is important because there are many different types of people in the world, so we should represent many different types of people in our art.
But there is a difference between stereotyping and realistic, humanizing portrayals, and we should strive for the latter.
Children need to grow up with role models who look like them, and everyone needs a reminder that groups of people like them are included and celebrated as a part of the world.
You give an example that a black person from New York couldn’t identify with a black character from Louisiana. Why not?
The other issue with this call for increased diversity in the media is the unsubstantiated assertion that a person can identify with and therefore be represented only by a person with an identical corporate designation. That is, an "African-American" from Manhattan New York, could be "represented" by an African-American from rural Louisiana solely based on the reason that they share a designation.
African Americans share a common historical and cultural heritage.
I never said that the character needed to be exactly identical to the person watching - it seems you have invented this notion in order to more easily attack my argument.
People can identify with a character of any race or gender,
but it has been statistically shown that people more closely identify with characters similar to themselves.
but one doesn’t have to look very far on the internet to see that people of color want to see better POC representation, women want to see better female representation, LGBT+ want to see better queer representation, and so on.
As of right now, your argument is rooted in semantics
but I would like to see some real evidence that diversity is neutral or harmful, and that minorities don’t care about representation one way or the other, as you claim.