The lack of representation of minorities in the media is not a new problem but rather a profoundly continuing problem that creates an extensive debate amongst the public.

Ethnic minorities have a much smaller role in the media, as the media is predominately a white field. If a member of an ethnic minority group gets a role in a new film, to illustrate, the media portrayal of that person may have on the attitude and beliefs that the viewers hold about that race.

Therefore, the movie is only solidifying old racial stereotypes instead of renewing them. Latin-American actress America Ferrera speaks on this particular issue in her TED Talk

“My identity is a superpower - not an obstacle”, which this essay will emphasize, including the style of language in lines 29-41 of Ferrera’s TED Talk.

Throughout the TED Talk, Ferrera uses her personal experiences to show how corrupted the film industry is.

At the start of her career, she would often be classified as too brown, too fat, too poor, or too unsophisticated at auditions, making the very few roles available racially stereotypical and discriminatory:

“I didn’t get a lot of jobs that people were willing to see me for: the gang-bangers girlfriend, the sassy shoplifter, pregnant Chola number two. These were the kinds of roles that existed for someone like me.”

Ferrera explains here the struggle that she had to go through, finding roles that didn’t use her ethnicity to reinforce old racial stereotypes in the media.

Through the inclusion of her many personal stories, it’s clear that it wasn’t easy to be seen just for who she is and wanted to be: An actress who played complex roles and characters with more dimensions than just a poorly written stereotype.

She continues to explain that whenever she did try and audition for a more prominent, more complex role, she would hear that they are not looking to cast this role diversely or that they love her, but she is too specifically ethnic .

After countless repetitive rejections, Ferrera realized that her identity was an obstacle for her, and it was something she had to overcome.