Is a racially/ethnically diverse cast obligatory in a fictional setting?

Like, if I write a story - am I racist if all of the main characters in it are white?
  • Is a racially/ethnically diverse cast obligatory in a fictional setting??Yes, diverse characters should be obligatory
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  • Is a racially/ethnically diverse cast obligatory in a fictional setting??No, a story can have racially homogenous characters
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  • If the story is culturally accurate, it can be racially homogeneous. In fact, I generally see the "extremely diversified cast" as a ploy to avoid being called racist and augment your demographic.

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What Girls Said 7

  • In the modern day particularly, you will be more successful with diverse characters.

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    • If you look at Marvel comics and the recent Star Wars movies, their obsession with diversity is what made them worse, not better.

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    • The general public actually doesn't care about diversity - they care about good characters. It's the SJW fringe elements that scream about it.

    • That’s what I meant haha. I totally get where you’re coming from.

  • its your reasoning that makes it racist or not. If your reasoning is "I just want to create my characters this way" no its not racist. But if your reasoning is "They are inferior" or something like that then yes it would be racist

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  • No, I like diversity in real life, but people who complain about diversity in books are taking it a bit too far.

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  • Depends on if it effects the plot. Is it historical? You don't HAVE to have diversity but it makes a story more relatable, it gives people the ability to feel included. But if your story were in like Montana... you don't need to pop in like 2 black people, because that doesn't really make sense. I don't care if there are ethnic characters, but I'd probably be less memorable for me, or less interesting (depending on the plot). But people can also force diversity in a way that makes it unrealistic as well, balance is key.

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  • Eh it's not obligatory. As the author wishes

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  • Good question. Is itbetter for us to see more diverse casts in our popular media? Yes. Are you, as a writer, personally responsible to make every fictional story diverse? I don't know. I have written about all white characters before because I am white and most of my friends were. But can I be a catalyst for change if I choose to change how I write, and should I? Hard question to answer. It's another issue for whites to write about diverse characters through our own perspective.

    No simple answer to this question. So, you have to examine your motives and do the best you can.

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  • Definitely not.

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What Guys Said 13

  • I reckon you should set it in medieval Riga, but make sure it's racially diverse (and throw historical accuracy to the wind, lol).

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    • I dunno if you've seen it but I think I once saw this BBC 'historical' cartoon about Roman Britain and it showed black people among the Breton population.

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    • Oh... You damn weirdos... It "Ja" and " Hahahaha" like it sounds!

    • @WeirdoWerdo no ur the weirdo. It says so in ur username!

  • One example : lotr. Exceptionnal movies, mythicals books, nobodies trash talk about it. only whites people in it.
    I hate when politicaly correctness interfer with art/fictionnal stories.
    A fictionnal story still need to be credible, and to me it's not credible to see a black man as a viking or a white man as a prince of arabia

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  • Making a character a certain race for the sake of having that race in the story is bad storytelling.

    Usually I would try and make all the characters as non descriptive as possible, so the audience can see themselves being the protagonists.

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  • Pick your cast based on reality.

    If you're writing about a group of Americans then diversity makes sense most of the time, if writing about Poles do not include Asians or Africans as that would be idiotic

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  • cf.girlsaskguys.com/.../...f-94cc-dca904eef14b.jpg No, a story can have racially homogenous characters

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  • No, a story can have racially homogenous characters

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  • yes, you are. if you set it in 1600s africa, make sure you have at least 2 chinese dudes
    #chinesearebrothastoo

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  • If you try to shoehorn them in just for the sake of diversity, it can do more harm than good for your story.

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  • Option two isn't even homogeneous lol

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  • No its sick to make such things obligatory.

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  • nope

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  • No, it’s not racist. If I wrote a story that’s set in China, and every character is Han Chinese, would that be racist? Of course not! And even if it were (which it’s NOT), it’s YOUR story. Fuck what anyone else thinks.

    While I’m fine with a racially diverse cast, I loathe tokenism. To me, putting in people from different races just for the sake of it not only takes away from the story, but it also reduces those characters to two-dimensional objects. But that’s just my opinion.

    For example, I took a creative writing class last semester. My story was about the Italian-American Mafia set in the 30s. The vast majority of my characters were Italian-American (and those who weren’t were still white). If I added a gay black guy or something just for diversity’s sake, the story would make no fucking sense!! I got an A on my story, even though my professor was a gay black guy.

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  • Yes we will force you to be more diverse in your stories via social media and protests outside your home.

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