penig replied to your post: “Hi, I am very impressed with your blog, and would like your input on something. I am running a Vampire game set in Hungary 1 year before the Mongolian invasion. I was wondering what other ethnicities would be present in the area?”:To be fair here, part of the fun of historical RPGs and fantasy is to change as little as possible and watch the effect of the fantastic premise on the setting.
I honestly think they’re asking a question relating to what PoC groups were living in the area at the time. Just because it has a supernatural element doesn’t mean it can’t have accuracy. As a writer, that’s one thing I strive for personally.
I think they’re asking what sort of ethnicities were present in Hungary at that time. Not to be rude, but it’s a reasonable question and I’m not sure why you brushed it off. Vampires are fantasy, but the setting could still be historically accurate.
That’s unnecessary shade. The whole blog is about historically accurate representation of PoC in history and, ergo, it is not an excuse to be non-inclusive in media as there were PoC in Europe at different points in history. This ask is essentially what you’re trying to promote, I thought.
Anonymous said: Is it really bad to have only one black character? When I created her years ago for the first book in my series I didn't notice she was the only (main) black character, and it's not like she's the only POC in the story. But now even though I'm black myself people won't stop telling me how racist I am because she's the only one.
Avoiding Tokenism: One Black Character
I understand your frustration. I wrote the Braving Diversity based on my experiences writing myself out of my own stories. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to have just one [Black] character, only if you use stereotypes to tell that character’s story.
That being said, moving forward I would suggest being even more inclusive and having more diverse main characters. Having POC characters have the capability to be main characters if they are well rounded and three dimensional. I would say moving forward, put more POC characters in the starring roles. Now that you know what to do, just do it.
You mention she’s the only main Black character, so i’m assuming there are more in the story who are just more secondary? Perhaps give one or more of the other Black characters a more prominent role or scene, even if they remain as less-significant characters. Also try the tokenism tag.