Over at the Feminist SF Blog, Laura Q has written an excellent analysis of Joss Whedon & race.
Here’s a small excerpt of what she says in regards to characterization in Firefly:
The â€˜Verse is much more suggestive of Whedon & crewâ€™s take on politics: generally progressive, comfortable with feminism, interested in but a little clueless about class, and deeply uncomfortable with dealing with race and racism. So the racelessness of the people of color is the white boy version of racial utopia: color-blindness, where we can all just appreciate each other for the color/texture of our skin and hair. The color-blindness of not wanting to deal with it.
All I can say is that you need to go read this. Now. No, seriously, you’re taking too long. Stop reading what I’m writing and go read Laura’s post. I mean it.