This is a frequently asked question, and for many people it comes from a natural desire to feel comfortable and connected to whoever will be their behavioral health practitioner. For others, for whom English is not their first language, it could be about overcoming language barriers and not wanting to work with someone who needs a translator.
There’s no right or wrong answer here, but looking at one’s desire for a doctor/therapist with a similar cultural and/or racial background may get to deeper issues. Ask yourself,
“Why is this important to me?” and see what answers emerge. Members of any given minority group may have little in common with one another, just as individuals from different races and cultures may be closer than expected.
There’s also the practical question of whether or not there are good practitioners of the cultural/racial group you belong to in your community. If there are, and you think that working with such a person will be helpful to your recovery, and it’s well known that a good fit is important, by all means go ahead.