I (and others) have said many times that when you write stereotypical or downright offensive minority/marginalized characters, it’s almost always due to bad writing. If you’re a good writer, you don’t reach for the easy stereotypes, you don’t pull from the box of overused ideas, you aren’t a lazy thinker making lazy choices. And that often results in passable minority characters that might even be considered amazing and revolutionary. Especially when compared to a sea of characters that are nothing but two dimensional offenses to all good taste.
Sometimes that’s even enough.
When you’re thirsty in a desert, even cloudy, contaminated water looks great.
However, it will not always be enough. That situation is a place to start from, not a place to kick back in and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Yet that is what many, many writers do.
–K. Tempest Bradford on doing better.