Got this several times now, and I always find it interesting.
To paraphrase: "Do you ever imagine any of your characters to be a particular 'race'?"
The answer is, I really, really don't. I don't see how I can make a furry character analogous to a "race" of human, given that I don't believe humans of any given race are homogeneous in terms of behavior, attitude or intelligence.
I'm not "white-knighting" or anything here. Seriously, I don't. So I can't make a non-human represent a "race" or "cline" of human in that way. In fact, a lot people (including David-Craig Simpson, creator and artist of "Ozzy and Millie", one of the reasons I'm even here today) have said they like the fact that furry characters allow them to avoid dealing with sensitive issues like racism.
That said, I've always wanted to stick a panda in a story and have him be from France or something, reminding other characters of that rather firmly whenever they assume he's Chinese.
The question usually arises when Nick Davis from Astray is being discussed. One person, who is part indigenous American himself, asked if Nick was supposed to be an "African American" or indigenous American.
I found that an interesting query, and no the person wasn't being racist at all. It was actually because Nick is a cheetah, a relatively rare animal, thus essentially a "minority." Pretty interesting line of reasoning.
But the answer is no, and if nothing else I'd like to point out that most of the street kids, kids in the "system" and general delinquents I've known or met, by a sweeping majority, have been white. Don't ask me why that is, probably because this nation is Caucasian by majority.
Granted, I don't know the fine details like that about how it is in America, but I'm talking about my experience.
As cool as that line of reasoning may be, I would never think of it myself because my characters are not intended to be any "race" or "cline" of humankind. That's... one whole hell of a lot of quagmire there that I'm not sinking myself into and I see no reason to.
6 years, 9 months ago
30 Oct 2011 22:40 CET