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2021-06-20 16:55:08

    “sToP bLacKwAShINg ChARActERS >:(((“

    Here’s why I’m so sick of this statement especially on platforms on Tiktok and Twittter.

    When it comes to dark skin characters in media, there is a extreme lack of representation.

    When it comes to editing characters i.e. My Hero Academia, Haikyuu, Danganronpa, Genshin Impact etc. there is nothing wrong with darkening their skin, why? It doesn’t impact their heritage.

    Many assume that when it comes to people with dark skin, they are black. While there are many black people with darker skin, dark skin present in so many other cultures including South Asian, Southeast Asian, Indigenous Groups, Middle Eastern Groups, etc.

    The reason so many people believe these edits are wrong is because of biases. They are uncomfortable seeing characters they like with dark skin because in our society we have made it that dark skin is undesirable and a threat.

    I mean in real life people are actively trying to bleach their skin to appear lighter, people will lighter skin have higher chances of being hired, and those with lighter skin are deemed beautiful.

    I will say that claiming a character is “better” with dark skin or editing fanart so it has dark skin, isn’t okay and I don’t agree when people do this.

    At the end of the day though, sending barrages of hate to these people does nothing but show off your colorism.

    Now you may ask “well why can you blackwash but I can’t whitewash a character”

    Whitewashing goes into colorism. Many people who do this are perceiving characters as better looking with lighter skin and more Eurocentric features; again confirming their biases. This isn’t nearly as called out, because of our societal love for Eurocentric features. We see this with Miruko (BNHA), Nessa (Pokémon Sword and Shield), etc.

    I’m so tired of people villainizing black and dark skin people in fandoms.


    wrong emoji, my bad - 🌙 Ships (Romantic)

    Catradora--Catra and Adora from She-ra and the Princesses of Power

    Wangxian--Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji from Mao Dao Zu Shi (The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation)

    (i swear, i will see the untamed one of these days)

    Lumity--Luz Noceda and Amity Blight from The Owl House

    Bakudeku--Midoriya Izuku and Bakugo Katsuki from My Hero Academia

    Victuuri--Katsuki Yuuri and Victor Nikiforov from Yuri on Ice