08/10/2011 04:25 pm ET Updated Oct 10, 2011

Critic's Notebook: How Movies Like "The Help" Reinforce Hollywood's Race Problem

Nobody should be surprised by the dearth of minorities in contemporary media. On the surface, it’s a boring issue: Whether or not the stories of gay, black or women characters make their way into movies and television only becomes a central issue if specific industrial forces continue to keep them out.

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