A little bird told me that there is an “European POC” problem in the Hetalia fandom.
Something regarding APH Italy’s skin colour.
Now, let’s make it clear: Europe is mostly white. Southern Europe too.
There are different shades of white, but hey, it’s always the same base colour.
Now, if you think that explaining this true fact is racism, you need to think a little more about WHAT RACISM ACTUALLY IS. .
What happened to listening to people who know more about a thing?
I’ve read some posts and I’m like:
Please, don’t be rude to actual Europeans who point out something which isn’t accurate: we know more about our history, and we just want to help.
We don’t know your history as much as you do though, we might need some help and advice as well!
But please, please, listen to us when we say that the majority of people in Europe is white. Is this racism for you? The fact that we have this skin colour? Well, there’s nothing we can do, so deal with it.
Italians are white, and South Italy (oh, my poor land! How many misconceptions) is white too! Yes, Northerners and Southerners have a different historical backround -as regards the influence of some ancient populations- but the difference of their skin colour isn’t that big, and, more important!, it’s not a fact: it’s not true that all Northerners must be lighter that Southerners, and vice versa. Italians come in different shades throughout all the peninsula, even if Southerners tend to be more olive-skinned.
nanatsus pointed out how there is the stereotype that “Southern Italians are more tanned because they work in the fields”. Well, that stereotype is just concentrated ignorance. Ignorance that belongs to people who can’t think about us as something different that farmers.
Really, drawing white countries as POC to promove diversity is bullshit.
Why not picking actual black countries instead??
That’s the right way of doing it! Not smashing all the accurancy and everything that makes sense in this world!
If you follow me, you already know I’m from Calabria, the “tip” of Italy. That’s pretty Southern.
Well, you can see my face in the photo I posted. I’m not milky white. I’m darker than most of my friends (not very much, but still noticeably enough).
I’m not black, though, as you can see ((my blond reflexes look lighter than they actually are because of the light)).
I fail to see myself represented in a black Romano.
When we want to give you an information that regards Europe, we don’t want to offend you, but just to share some facts about it!
So why should you take it badly? I’d like to learn new stuff from countries outside Europe!
Do not diminish what native people tell you about their ethnicity, claiming you know more than them.
I’m sorry for this long post in the tag, I just wanted to make it clear, and this is the tag where the argument has been going on.