Saturday, November 5, 2011

What you will not find on my website.

You may have noticed that I don't do characters from a lot of different racial backgrounds. This is because I am wary of stumbling over some sort of racial stereotype without meaning to. As I work out what I personally am comfortable doing in this area over time, you should be seeing more of the world's varied population inhabiting my imaginary world. But for now I am deferring from breaching the subject at all.

So you wont see anything on my blog and website that will be promoting any stereotypes of any race of people. I want people to come in, have a pleasant time, and not leave feeling insulted.

Let me tell you why I'm bringing up all of this heavy stuff.

I detest the idea of moderating posts on my blog. Today I've had the unpleasant task of actually taking down a post from someone who sort of incidentally made reference to a racial group that made me feel pretty uncomfortable. As this sort of thing goes, it probably wasn't all that awful. If we were talking face to face it would have simply gone past and it simply would have been beneath my attention . But when you write something on a blog it is more permanent, more emphatic because it doesn't ever go away.

I know, I know. This is hardly the kind of place to be 'politically correct'. But I have traveled around in my time and have friends from everywhere you could name. So when someone uses a term that refers to a racial group in a derogatory way, what goes before my eyes are the faces of my friends who might fit into that stereotype. It isn't an abstraction to me. I'm not going to let it pass. I just can't.

I would consider it a personal favor if everyone would be give my site and it's guests their kind consideration. 

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