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Race Matters: Showing Race and Racial Issues is Important

SkinwalkerSo, I like it when an author puts race in front of my eyes.  I enjoy visualizing what a character looks like, race and all.  When it's done correctly, the experience can deepen the reader's relationship with the character.  There are some people who say that showing race in this way is racist.  They enjoy reading or writing raceless, race free, or characters of color with little or no physical description. I contend that this approach is racist.

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Racists boycott Idris Elba as a Guardian in Thor

idris_elba_in_characterI've being trying to convince my husband to take me to see Thor.  It's totally my kind of movie.  When I started thinking about it, the thought hit me, isn't Thor mostly a white male movie?  I paused and then thought, "I won't be able to write about the movie on my blog." I was wrong. Just search Idris Elba Thor on Google and look at the ka-zillion hits surrounding the controversy of Idris Elba playing a role that isn't traditionally cast with a person of color. It's ridiculous!

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