Can white people write POC as main characters?
Recently a writing group I "audit" had a discussion about white authors writing poc, and the unanimous takeaway was "of course do it, just never as the pov/main character(s)." The argument was that no matter how careful or well researched, the pov will always come off like a white character in "digital blackface." That there needed to be a good reason to write from that perspective, ie if the character's race changed it should change the story? My pov character is Black; I'm white. I've been following this blog a long time and implementing the advice, but is the essence of me trying to write from her perspective misguided? I've now seen more than one author echo these sentiments. Is this just an excuse for white authors to avoid writing poc in lead roles, or an attempt not to overstep readers/authors of color? I'm very confused; any help would be greatly appreciated.
White people absolutely can write PoC as main characters if not the protagonists of their stories!
I didn’t create this blog for people to make PoC side characters 24/7! Not at all. Please write People of Color as main characters, no matter who you are.
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Such toxic virtue signaling! If I’m being charitable, at best this is cowardice. At worst, this is the kind of BS discourse that is used to attack writers of color when they attempt anything besides personal memoirs. I recommend finding a new writing group.
Very concerned about the state of this writing group.
~ Mod Rina
P.S. You’re right, OP, it is definitely an excuse.
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"Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more priviledged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than crustom has pronounced necessary for their sex."
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
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