Wondering how you feel about the disposable black gf trope as it relates to a cast with other black female characters? Asking bc my fantasy story follows an Afro-Arab girl whose mother was killed in battle before the story. I wanted the father to eventually remarry to a nonblack love interest, but I don’t want to fall into any tropes about black women. Is it enough to have other black female characters with different roles, or should I avoid the dead mother trope altogether?
Dead Black mother, father remarries to non-black woman
In this case, it’s best to avoid using the Black mother as cannon fodder. It does raise an eyebrow when the father remarries to someone non-Black. While it may not be your intent, it could read as killing off a “lesser”, to get the “better”.
If the mother has to be absent for the story to work, perhaps the family was separated by conflict? The mother joins a faction that the father is opposed to? Or simply walked out? There are other ways of making characters absent without expressly killing them.
The Black mother appears to have died in a violent manner, during battle. It’s bad enough she had to die. For me, this all makes the fate you’ve chosen for your Black woman character even more disappointing. Is it truly necessary to kill her, especially like this? She feels devalued to me.
As the author, truly trace the intent of your choices, the implications of them, and the impact they will have on Readers of Color and white readers alike.
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