Glee and POC Part 2:
Anthony Rashad: One of only five Black males at McKinley (at the time), he is revealed to be on the football team as the wide receiver and is a member of the black student union, nothing else is revealed about him, though since he was open to dating Mercedes it can be assumed he is a nice enough guy, who has no issues with people who belong to the glee club. He never appears or is mentioned again.
Cameo: A student at Holly Holiday’s previous place of employment, she is shown to be a volatile, violent and unpleasant woman, with a short and explosive temper, she revealed herself to be a devoted religious believer of the Christian faith, to the point where she physically assaulted Holly for seemingly promoting magic and Devil worship, which she found to be incredibly offensive. She never appears or is mentioned again.
Azimio Adams: A football player and bully at McKinley, he revealed that his father abandoned him and had no part in raising him, though he of course has the clichéd desire to make his good for nothing father proud, he’s often relegated to simply comic relief, often acting in an over the top manner for laughs, though he verbally bullies, harasses over the internet and gets physically aggressive at many times, he has proven to not be completely callous, such as when he revealed that it’s against his moral code to cause harm to those who are handicapped. He is a recurring character, though since his best friend Dave Karofsky transferred schools at the beginning of season three he’s been shoved firmly into the background, only making appearances in reaction shots every once in a while.
Principle Figgins: The Principle a McKinley High School, he’s often shown to be completely incompetent at his job, uncaring as to whether teachers are actually qualified for their positions, if his students are being bullied, the state of the school in general or his students welfare or safety, he’s only ever been seen to take action in his role as Principle when forced to. He’s a devout religious man, who has extended offers of help to Will whenever he feels that Will could use some support, like speaking with his pastor about how best he could help Will’s love and sex addiction, he seems to enjoy music and the glee club very much, often attending their performances at and outside of the school and dancing to the music in his seat. Overall he’s usually only used for exposition and comic relief, he’s presented as simply being uninterested in his job and harmless.
Santana Lopez: A Latin woman who lives on the wrong side of the tracks, who has been shown to steal, manipulate, lie, as well as being incredible aggressive with an explosive temper, to the point of threatening those around her, verbally bullying her friends and enemies alike, and attempting and often succeeding in physically attacking others. She’s often been shown to be completely uncaring for anyone other than herself or her girlfriend Brittany, she is a bitch, she is unpleasant, but at the same time she has occasionally been shown to have a softer side, to be more caring and friendly to those around her, and she has (especially recently) made more of an effort to be a better person and friend, even standing up for and defending her friends from others. Santana is one of Glee’s more complicated characters, she is compelling but sometimes very difficult to like, her actions and words are incredible cruel and hurtful and yet more often than not they’re simply played for laughs, likewise the show often has trouble portraying her as both a Tough Broad and a caring, charming woman.
LeRoy Berry: Is one of Rachel Berry’s fathers, he is gay and has proven himself to be a very calm, intelligent and level headed man, who is incredibly supportive and loving towards his partner, as well as being supportive and proud of his daughter. Overall he’s a seemingly wonderful and pleasant man. He’s a recurring character, who has largely been developed and focused on very recently.
Shelia: She is part of a gang (the Skanks), she revealed she once ate cat excrement, she was in foster care and has stabbed people in the past, an average day for her seems to be spending all day sitting underneath the school bleachers and smoking, harassing and threatening students for money and generally being a good for nothing. She never appears or is mentioned again.
Shane Tinsley: A football player at McKinley, and Mercedes former boyfriend. He’s been shown to be a very nice guy, and a loving and supportive boyfriend towards Mercedes, however he has spouted fairly clichéd lines since he was introduced, like expressing his desire to have coca babies with Mercedes. He was a recurring character, however now that he and Mercedes are over as a couple he’ll probably not appear or be mentioned much anymore.
Roz Washington: The synchronised swimming coach at William McKinley High School, it was revealed she was an Olympian and won the Bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics for Individual Synchronized Swimming. She has been shown to be a somewhat strict woman, though with a soft side, and someone who should not be crossed, a woman who is prone to going off on somewhat rambling and nonsensical rants about various subjects at any given time. She is a recurring character and written in a fairly stereotypical fashion, the kind of stereotypical black woman 30 Rock spoofed in Let’s Stay Together.
Once again the POC on Glee seem to constantly get the short end of the stick when it comes to characterization and development, the majority are presented as being unpleasant and stereotypical, while the better written characters of colour aren’t much better off. And once clear pattern which disgustingly emerges is the fact that of course the women of colour are written purposely worse than their male equivalents, because while the men of colour might be just as bad or worse, they’re still written as being good deep down, and redeemable, while the women are merely demonised, with a few scraps of caring and decency thrown their way only occasionally.