Anonymous said: My characters are white because they're the 'default' race for me, a mixup of everything. I see no benefits in making them a certain ethnicity just to improve diversity? And it makes sense to me that the supporting cast are also white (1)
Since when I look around at the groups of friends around me, they more or less bunch off according to race. (Whites, asians, jocks (I know this is not a race), mainly). It just seems easier to make everyone white, why is that a bad thing? (2/2)
These will tell you why it is a problem that white people are the default and why representation is important:
- Children and the Myth of “Colorblind” Youth
- From Nichelle Nichols to Whoopi Goldberg to Lupita Nyong’o
- Representation in Hollywood
- You Can’t Do That! Stories Have to Be About White People!
- Representation Matters
- Why Representation Matters in Children’s Books and Media
- Whitewashing Book Covers
- Visibility Matters: Why POC in Books Must Be “Described” as POC
- Do Not Be Afraid to Write POC/Female/LGBT+ Characters
- This is a Jar Full of Major Characters
- Imagine Being a Kid in School
- You Guys Know About Vampires?
- Study Examines Television, Diversity, and Self-esteem
- Why Diversity in Roleplays is Important
The response had more self-control than I would have been able to muster.