the name is meli. christ follower. 19. born cuban but raised with mexicans. gamer. I write short fantasy folk tales. Bears are my spirit animal. I want to live in Paris.
the beatles, the 60s, harry potter, writers of the 20's, disney, wes anderson, animals and wanting to be st. francis of assisi, musicals, les amis de l'ABC and les miserables in general, lord of the rings, hannibal, democratic party, stephen colbert, art, game of thrones, doctor who, ballet/ the royal opera house, tattoos, writing, the woods and cabins, wine, european men, and irish music
accept that you’re going to fuck up. it’s unavoidable and inevitable, when you’re writing about such a diverse group that you do not have experience as. there’s going to be things you don’t know, thing you overlook. (making mistakes is a part of writing and drawing anyway.)
when you do fuck up, and someone points it out, be graceful and grateful. acknowledge your mistake, ask how you can fix it, and then do it.
please don’t whine about how hard it is to write [x] characters. if it’s hard for you to write them, imagine how [x] fans feel, growing up with media that for the most part doesn’t have people like them!
the key to writing diversity is not to have just one [x] character. it’s to have multiple [x] characters with different personalities and backgrounds and appearances. that’s how you (somewhat) avoid stereotypes and create real people.
realize that when writing [x] characters, you do not always have to write about [race, gender, whatever] as a social issue. there’s a lot to be said for power, wish fulfillment, and escapist fantasies - which marginalized groups are often excluded from in mainstream media.
if you get a significant amount of attention and fans, amplify the voices of people from [x] group. promote articles and blogs run by [x] people, promote art from [x] people. your voice as someone who is not [x] will be prioritized over that of someone who actually is [x] - so try to make up for that unfairness as much as you can.
recognize that you owe a lot to [x] people, particularly fans and critics of your work as well as those who have written about writing or drawing [x] characters. they have insight you often do not, and educating you takes up their time and energy, time and energy which they could have spent doing something else. once again, be grateful.
and if you’re not writing or drawing [x] characters… ask yourself why.
The “oh, but you’re not like the rest of them” line.
His fucking face in the third pic is like every white boy I’ve ever seen try to explain away his racist/sexist/homophobic comment.
When it’s actually the opposite. European settlers were the savages. Native Americans had running irrigation systems! They had beautiful and intricate cities and homes and communities. They were clean, and respectful of the environment, and even used a form of breath sweeteners! But no. You won’t learn any of that in American history classes. You won’t learn about the complete and utter genocide of a nation of people who originally inhabited this land. Nope.