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Try to avoid describing poc characters like “They’re skin was olive/milk chocolate etc”. Write “Their skin was black.” Write it so clearly, in bold and italics, maybe put some stars around it too, repeat it every now and then. That way, when your book gets made into a film, no one will get confused and think that when you said “milk chocolate” you actually meant “so hella white with a bit of a tan”
And then maybe we won’t get a Katniss that’s pale, and people protesting that Rue was the color she was supposed to be, and….
There’s just too many…
This reality is a bit harder to swallow: There are more white people in the US and Canada because the US and Canada were established using the systematic genocide of Native peoples, the theft of Native lands, and the labour of enslaved peoples in the past and immigrant peoples currently who were and are never meant to stay or survive.
And now you’re uncomfortable. Good.
When you accept and acknowledge that census figures reflect a long history of marginalization, it is preposterous to use these same figures as the benchmark to which you measure the inclusion of marginalized people.”