Date: 2011-07-26 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kd_the_movie
And also, it perpetuates this notion that Black people are some alien entity that no one outside of Blacks can write accurately. I think Non black writers avoid writing Black characters to avoid coming off as racist, tone deaf, or out of touch because they feel that if they tried to be "authentically Black" it'd come off as racist/stereotypical or they'd be unrealistic or out of touch if they didn't include "authentically black" stereotypical elements of Black characters (coming from poverty, broken home, talks in slang, from the inner city, kewl 'tude).

When in reality, the best way to minority characters? Write them just like you would a white character (or whatever ethnicity/gender/sexual orientation/etc. your comfortable writing) and just throw a can of paint on them. If anyone has a problem with that, then thats their fault to assume there's some universal standard as to who Black/whatever people are (tho to include some cultural details would be nice tho).
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