continued: by the way, I don’t mean any offense I’m just new to the community of online game of thrones fandom and kinda confused and intimidated.
The ASOIAF fandom (especially on Tumblr) can be a scary place, but you’re not offending anyone — simply trying to understand is a huge step in the right direction. I’ll try to help!
I think that the discussion stems from quite a few places; namely …
- The lack of racial representation in the ASOIAF books. We’ve got the Dothraki, some Dornish, and some Free City people, but for the most part, the “Western” section of the world, Westeros — the “rich” and “civilized” portion — is almost entirely white. That’s why, in many peoples’ opinions (and certainly mine), the characters whose race is not specified should almost always be cast as PoC. That’s not saying that they one hundred percent of the time have to be, but it would be pretty swell if they were.
- "The salty Dornishmen were lithe and dark, with smooth olive skin and long black hair streaming in the wind.” Doran is dark. Pretty self explanatory. Just to continue, “The sandy Dornishmen were even darker, their faces burned brown by the hot Dornish sun.”
- GRRM has stated that Janina Gavankar looks like Nymeria Sand. Janina Gavankar is Indian (well, three quarters).
- Geographically, Dorne is most similar to Egypt and other North African countries. Now, though we can’t know for certain, in order to talk about race at all, we have to assume that in GRRM’s world, genetics and biology work the same way as they do in ours. In this environment, Dornishmen (well, Rhoynar-Dornishmen) would have evolved as PoC, just like how they have in Northern Africa.
- The Martells are the only high-profile PoC (or even PoC passing, if you interpreted “olive skinned” as still white). The rest are servants, slaves, slavers (arguably worse), “uncivilized” (e.g. Dothraki), sailors, etc.
Ethnic diversity isn’t the same as racial diversity, and the problem here is with the latter. I hope this helps. If anyone else has something to say, feel free to keep the discussion going!