I’m not going to speculate as to the intent or motives of a nonexistent hypothetical author. The phrasing makes this almost seem like a question meant to bait me.But lack of representation is a real and important issue. If an author finds themselves writing worlds filled with nothing but white people: that’s a thing they need to question and address. It could mean they have racist biases, have influences who do, or have never questioned the ways society makes people of color invisible except when convenient. Ultimately the motive isn’t as important as the fact that there will be one more person writing worlds where people of color don’t matter or don’t exist and that does real harm.
And in case this is bait: yes. They’re super racist and their writing style is tedious and derivative.
Not specifically about this (baiting) ask, but:
People who only write books about white people, men, heterosexual people, etc, almost always say something like, “there’s no reason for the character(s) to be [part of marginalized group],” but never stop to wonder why they need to be part of a privileged group. Or they’ll say something like “the characters are universally relatable,” in which case why the fuck wouldn’t you make them diverse? It doesn’t matter, right? Your character would be just as relatable if they were Black as they are now, right?
I’m sick of people thinking you need a particular reason to include diverse characters but don’t need to justify the existence of privileged characters. It’s almost like those people are just bigots who consider whiteness, maleness, heterosexuality, and cisgenderedness the “default.”
Maybe I’m wrong, though. I mean, it could all be a coincidence.
the gay agenda
1. not dying
2. not being homeless
3. ruining the rainbow
4. destroying your marriage. just yours. nobody else’s.