While characters of all races do appear in GTA V,
Franklin is the only non-white character given more "on-screen"
time, and his story arc is unable to conjure up any valuable racial
He lives in the ghetto, then moves to the suburbs, but
remains the same. Some might interpret that as “keepin' it real,”
but for me that's lazy scriptwriting. More so, other characters
actually change the way they speak when they address Franklin, as if
he wasn't able to understand regular English, which in itself is kind
Don't get me wrong, I love Franklin, but he doesn't
progress personally during the course of the game.
Marcus and Horatio on the other hand, proudly
represent tech-savvy African Americans, which in itself is a minority
within a minority. That is the reason why they immediately warm to
each other. Horatio is especially notable, as he also changes the way
he speaks to his white co-workers.
He acts and speaks "white,"
which should label him a 'sellout', but that's the only way for him to
fit-in in a predominantly white environment of programmers - something the game tackles head-on in the brilliant 'Limp Nudle' mission.