They have to be white. Any character that faces hardships must be white and male, least accusations of racism or sexism makes an appearance.
You think a show could get away with a female punching bag? Fuck no. What if he was black? Especially not now. Etc etc. White characters can be anything because no one cares about them. They don’t have to represent anything. They don’t have to mean anything. A loser father can easily white. A loser black father is suddenly a statement on black fathers and familial relationships. A father is funny. A loser mother is a sad thing because it’s obviously a comment how the degradation of society and is clear my soggy knees.
It’s the reality of he world right now. People think representation matters, despite the fact that it doesn’t. Why must you see the colour of your skin, or the form of your genitals on screen to connect with a character? Traits are what matters, but he works has started to forget that