Showing White privilege. The ability to choose to see the good in a racist, sexist bigot because you will not face the very real cosequences of him being in power. You do not have anything to fear. He never threatened to go after you.
Great ideas! I do believe the physical appearance of the character is too important to leave out (I hate it when writers "leave it to the imagination." No, I want to definitively know what the character looks like!) But the "I woke up and looked in the mirror" trope gets old fast.