"Make-over Mage: Facial Features, Eye Color and Age" by Arteshbod
This update would require a rework of the Make-over Mage interface. The new interface would include separate panels for facial type, eye
color and age in addition to the current selections for skin color and
gender. I have provided suggestions for twenty-five facial types, ten
eye colors and three ages. I have included examples of real-world ethnic
groups alongside each suggested facial type in order to give an idea of
what each facial type could look like. The goal of this suggestion is
to increase a player’s ability to customize their character and make
RuneScape a more exciting and diverse game.

Facial Types:

  1. Western I (Celtic)
  2. Western II (Nordic)
  3. Western III (Mediterranean)
  4. Western IV (Central European)
  5. Western V (Eastern European)
  6. Eastern I (Chinese)
  7. Eastern II (Japanese)
  8. Eastern III (Vietnamese)
  9. Eastern IV (Korean)
  10. Eastern V (Ainu)
  11. Dessert I (Arabian)
  12. Dessert II (Persian)
  13. Dessert III (Afghan)
  14. Dessert IV (Tuareg)
  15. Exotic I (Turkish)
  16. Exotic II (Indian)
  17. Exotic III (Gypsy)
  18. Exotic IV (Thai)
  19. Tribal I (American Indian)
  20. Tribal II (Central Asian)
  21. Tribal III (Australian Aborigine)
  22. Tropical I (Latino)
  23. Tropical II (Filipino)
  24. Tropical III (East African)
  25. Tropical IV (West African)

Eye Colors:
  1. Brown
  2. Hazel
  3. Amber
  4. Blue
  5. Green
  6. Grey
  7. Violet
  8. Red
  9. Pink
  10. Black

  1. Young Adult
  2. Middle Aged
  3. Elderly

A PSA on Jewishness, because apparently non-Jews just have to know this stuff and can't figure it out on their own

Jews are an ethnic group. Global Jewry is made up of several different ethnic groups, the largest of which are: Sefardi Jews, whose ancestors historically lived in the Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal) and western Europe; Ashkenazi Jews, whose ancestors historically lived in central and eastern Europe; and Mizrahi Jews, whose ancestors historically lived in MENA (Middle East/North Africa). There are other groups of ethnic Jews living in other places in the world as well. Jews from all of these groups have moved across the world, largely due to persecution in their host countries, and formed new communities in new places, so that there may be longstanding communities of Ashkenazi Jews in France, and Sefardi Jews in Morocco.

All ethnic Jews have ancestral, genetic heritage stemming from the Levant (specifically, the area now known as Israel and/or Palestine). All Jews also have cultural heritage stemming from the Levant. This is no less important or relevant than genetic heritage.

Some Jews have mixed heritage (one Jewish parent only). They are also Jews. The matrilineal descent question is a question of Jewish religious law, and is interpreted differently by different Jewish denominations and individuals. (My personal stance is to affirm patrilineal descent.) 

The religion historically practiced by Jews is Judaism. Ethnic Jews may practice any religion they please; this does not mean they are less Jewish in terms of their heritage. Non-ethnic Jews may convert to Judaism; this does not make them any less Jewish in terms of their religious practice. Judaism does not proselytize.

Judaism as a whole takes no global stance of Zionism as a political ideology. Different Jews have different opinions on Zionisms (plural intentional, because Zionism takes a lot of forms), and while they may be good or bad people, and you may agree or disagree with their politics, their Zionism or anti-Zionism does not inherently make them any more or less Jewish. 

The question of Jewish identity is ultimately not the purview of non-Jews. It is nothing more or less than gross arrogance for non-Jews to assume that their opinions on this question are remotely relevant or of interest to Jews, and the persistent insertion of some non-Jews into these private conversation is extremely offensive.

If you are not Jewish, and have written, or are considering writing, a post on  Jewish identity/ethnicity, I have some advice for you: don’t. You almost certainly don’t know what you’re talking about, and you definitely can’t have a better understanding of these complex issues than someone who is actually Jewish themselves. If you really feel, for some inexplicable reason, that you simply must weigh in on this issue, consult an actual Jew before doing so. 

Every “ambiguously brown” person understands how this works in reality: people tend asking point-blank “what you are,” or smugly assume they already know, pinning your brown body down and through, like a butterfly in a natural history archive. Growing up in primarily white suburbs, I had become used to expecting this question, though I won’t say I’m really okay with it.

The tiring game of “What Are You” means someone holding you at arm’s length and scrutinizing you like a specimen (metaphorically, at least). Answering the question over and over to people I’ve just met is tiring and invasive. Friends understand that these questions are a natural progression of building friendship intimacy, but for strangers it tends to mean a lack of self-control, an inability to not ask the question that pops up in their heads unbidden instead of considering the other person’s privacy.
Individuals who self-identify as white will respond in diverse ways to genetic testing showing that they have recent African ancestry,” said Saunt. “Some will embrace the findings, and others will deny them, even in the face of the evidence. The insistence on racial purity is part of a long American tradition. Even before DNA analysis, families repudiated relatives they knew were theirs. That tradition is waning, but it is, unfortunately, far from extinguished.

Claudio Saunt, a University of Georgia historian

Geneticists find further proof that race is just a social construct 

Reminder #1:

Don’t let anyone tell you they think you’re attractive for your ethnicity, or you’re attractive because of your ethnicity. If someone finds you attractive, it’s because you’re attractive. 

Reminder #2:

Don’t tell anyone you think they’re attractive for their ethnicity, or they’re attractive because of their ethnicity. If you find someone attractive, it’s because they’re attractive. 

All you armchair (and real) historians, educators, upstanding citizens and cool people out there. Help Code Switch annotate the Civil Rights Act of 1964!

You can highlight stuff you didn’t know about it, things you find fascinating, interesting historical context and the influence and echoes of the act today…or anything else that you think is cool!

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Instructions are in the document, happy Monday! 

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An “ethnic” name for my inevitably tan-skinned, dark-haired son would raise eyebrows at every security checkpoint. His name would headline every job application, and stereotypes would ensue; some people would assume he was a programmer or engineer, lacking creativity, or interpersonal skills. Perhaps they would sidestep his résumé altogether because of his difficult to pronounce name. The thought of my unborn child facing a life of prejudice made me furious.

The one-step solution to my problem would be to settle for a “white” name for my “brown” son. It would level the playing field in a world that lacks face-to-face interaction and relies so heavily on communication via a screen of some sort. It would open up a few more doors, bring to light a few more opportunities in his life.

[…]What it wouldn’t do was fix the larger problem: the deep-rooted, widespread racism and intolerance in our society. It would send the implicit message to the universe that I had bought in, somehow, to the need to at least accept that world. That simply is not true.
That could be more affordable for you.
—  Sales woman pointing at the clearance rack to my darker-skinned Mexican friend, while my other light-skinned Mexican friend was pointed to the regular/more expensive section.
Ethnicity Versus Race Versus Nationality

Ethnicity is based on a group (called an ethnic group) that is normally based on similar traits, such as a common language, common heritage, and cultural similarities within the group. Other variables that play a role in ethnicity, though not in all cases, include a geographical connection to a particular place, common foods and diets, and perhaps a common faith. Race is a word with similar meaning though describing more physical traits, as opposed to the cultural traits of ethnicity.


Race is similar to ethnicity, but relates more to the appearance of a person, especially the color of their skin. Race is determined from biological traits, and includes other inherited genetic traits such as hair and eye color and bone and jaw structure, among other things.


90% of the time, nationality refers to the place where the person was born and/or holds citizenship. However, often times nationality can be determined by place of residence, ethnicity, or national identity. If a person was born in Country A but immigrated to Country B while still a toddler (yes, with their family), he or she might identify more with the Country B nationality, having been raised there. Another point regarding nationality is that there are some nations that don’t have a state, or international recognition as such, yet people may still point at it as the source of their nationality, such as the Palestinians, the Kurds, and the Tamils.