black white and asian

When I see white boys: 😍
When I see black boys: 😍
When I see asian boys: 😍
When I see hispanic boys: 😍
When I see native boys: 😍
When I see light boys: 😍
When I see dark boys: 😍
When I see boys: 😍
When I see any and all boys being loved cared for: 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

Stereotyped vs Nuanced Characters and Audience Perception

Writing with color receives many questions regarding the stereotypes Characters of Color and their story lines may possess.

There’s a difference between having a three-dimensional character with trait variance and flaws, versus one who walks the footsteps of a role people of their race/ethnicity are constantly put into. Let’s discuss this, as well as how sometimes, while there’s not much issue with the character, a biased audience will not allow the character to be dimensional.

But first: it’s crucial to consider the thinking behind your literary decisions.

Trace your Logic 

When it comes to the roles and traits you assign your characters, it’s important to ask yourself why you made them the way they are. This is especially true for your marginalized characters.

So you need an intimidating, scary character. What does intimidating look like on first brainstorm? Is it a Black man, large in size or presence? (aka a Scary Black Man) A Latino with trouble with the law? If so, why?

Really dig, even as it gets uncomfortable. You’ll likely find you’re conditioned to think of certain people in certain roles on the spot.

It’s a vicious cycle; we see a group of people represented a certain way in media, and in our own works depict them in the way we know. Whether you consciously believe it’s the truest depiction of them all or not, we’re conditioned to select them for these roles again and again. Actors of Color report on being told in auditions they’re not performing stereotypical enough and have been encouraged to act more “ethnic.” 

This ugly merry-go-round scarcely applies to (cis, straight) white people as they are allowed a multitude of roles in media. Well, then again, I do notice a funny trend of using white characters when stories need a leader, a hero, royalty, a love interest…

Today’s the day to break free from this preconditioned role-assigning.

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biracial kid problems

- not looking like either of ur parents

- ”oh, you look (other race)”

- ”is that your mom or is some woman kidnapping you?”

- not being able to fit in to either side of the family

- “but mixed babies are so cute!!”

- “where are you from?”

- people trying to guess ur race

- people speaking languages to u that you don’t know because they assume ur race

- oh dear god what box do I check

Biracial kid perks

- you’re beautiful!

- having two cultures to learn about/love

- having friends of all races

- cultural fluidity 

- being totally unique! go you!

learn to love your mixed self!

When I see white girls: 😍
When I see brown girls: 😍
When I see Native girls: 😍
When I see Asian girls: 😍
When I see black girls: 😍
When I see light girls: 😍
When I see dark girls: 😍

When I see girls who lift up other girls, regardless of their skin color, and support eachother: 😍😍😍😍😍😍

BBMAS

Okay, let’s talk about the BBMAS not because of all these artists here and I’m praying for Shawn Mendes to get an award or something. No, I’m stating the fact that for once millions of Asian kids will be represented today by a Korean boy band. I don’t give a damn that it’s a kpop group and all these white girls are so excited because omg it’s kpop. No, if anyone should be excited more than them, it’s the Asians that never get represented, kids that feel like it’s weird to be Asian because no one’s represents them or talk about them,the kids that feel like they have to go into the Asian stereotype of being geniuses and fear failure. I get it that for everyone BTS is a kpop group and omg your bias is here and being on American TV, but what I don’t get is why people aren’t talking about Asians are getting represented on TV. Much less Koreans, everyone talks about the Japanese and Chinese if they talk about Eastern Asians,but they never mention Koreans which to me as a Korean felt weird because I existed, why didn’t people talk about Korea or the people there. And I found a place where they did, but it was only for the pretty Koreans that could sing and dance and act, it was the true Korean side of engineering or technology or traditions. It was people fetishing my race in a way. But back to the fact for once Asians are going to be actually represented and yes there has been Asian actors and actresses in the past but, it does not make up for the fact most of the time Asian roles are white washed more than given. It’s a big thing in the Asian culture, we are being represented, even if it’s by a boy band, it still makes up for the fact people are noticing Korea. People never forget China, Japan or Vietnam. But they forget Korea and ask “which Korea are you from the good one or the bad one”.