By Malinda Lo
Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions in email, twitter, and tumblr like this one:
“I can’t help but feel that as I white girl that it’s hard for me to write from the POV of a person of color. I realize that’s probably completely and utterly ridiculous, but I was…
This is good stuff!
A long time ago, I posted a question on Yeah Write that basically said, “I feel like I’m caught between a rock and a hard place. If I don’t include characters of color in my stories, I’ll be criticized for that. But if I do, I’ll probably be criticized for portraying the characters of color incorrectly. What do I do!?” (For reference, I am part of said-group of confused white girls.)
I got a lot of answers, but one really stuck out, and has stayed with me. The reply said something along the lines of, “Oh, you’re caught in a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation due to your race? Welcome to our world. -POC.” That answer was the wakeup call that I needed—that, as Malinda Lo points out, there is no answer.