Think Tank for Inclusion & Equity Launches Fact Sheets for Writers & Directors
As content creators, we have a responsibility to be inclusive – but what if we’re not experts on a particular community or experience?
The Think Tank for Inclusion & Equity has launched its new Fact Sheets to help.
According to the organization’s website, “the factsheets are research-driven one-pagers to help guide writers rooms, writers, and all content creators toward better representation in their stories.”
These heavily researched and vetted factsheets are designed as a tool to guide storytellers through a number of mis- and underrepresented communities and issues. They call out harmful stereotypes and call in more inclusive, authentic narratives.-The Think Tank for Inclusion & Equity
For example, the Fact Sheet about African Americans calls out the stereotype of “Black Pain”: Lives filled with great pain, sadness, and tragedy, until and unless someone else (usually a white person) brings joy and rescue.
The Fact Sheet about Migrants, meanwhile, suggests that writers and directors tell more stories about how migrants are actually treated by law enforcement. It also points out that Latinx people are not the only kinds of migrants.
Meanwhile, the Fact Sheet about Disabled People points out that disabled people make up one of the U.S.’s largest minority groups (1 in 4 adults) but are some of the least represented characters on screen.
Most representations also focus on the negative, making disabled people objects of pity.
Fact Sheets from the Think Tank for Inclusion & Equity are currently available focusing on the following groups:
- African Americans
- Disabled People
- Criminal Justice
- Latinx People
Of course, these inclusion Fact Sheets could never encompass the entirety of a group’s experience.
“But they can assist in changing the way we tell stories on television, in movies, and across merging platforms,” says the Think Tank.
“Consider them the starting point of the conversation. To continue the conversation, reach out to our partner organizations, who actively work in the community and social justice spaces. They can help ensure responsible storytelling through all stages of the writing process, casting, and production… and they know how to work on our fast-paced timelines.”
Best of all, the Fact Sheets from the Think Tank for Inclusion & Equity are completely free. Read them now to help inspire your work and broaden your horizons!