Creativity Shackled by Racism | Daily Life Thoughts

Creativity Shackled by Racism | Daily Life Thoughts


I hate the use of stereotypes in any type
of fiction: books, movies, video games. I think it’s lazy storytelling and a crutch
to rely on when you refuse to actually create a unique and interesting character. But more than that, think how much our creativity
is shackled by stereotypes. We limit what types of places we will write
about, we limit who we will write about, we limit how we will write about those characters. We stay within the confines of Western ideas
about which parts of the world are worth telling stories about, and when we do tell stories
about the rest of the world, we rely on old imperialist ideas about what those parts of
the world are like. From the point of view of human dignity, this
is horrific. This is to tell large swaths of humanity that
their stories are worth being told only to the extent that they coincide with what the
West already thinks about them; that their humanity is to be recognized only to the extent
the that West wishes to. From the point of view of a storyteller, it
is horrifying. How much material for stories we have never
listened to. How many new ideas. How many new characters. How many new arguments. All of it sacrificed because stereotypes are
funny.

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