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  •  wow. how kind, but don't ever undersell (4+ / 0-)
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    luckydog, KenBee, SoCaliana, Rogneid

    yourself. your humility and honesty is a sign of your obvious wit and intelligence. i have lots to learn from you and many many others. a confession of ignorance is the beginning of wisdom as has been said by someone far brighter than me.

    teach me about writing a racist character. are they coincidentally racist or is racism part of their core being?

    •  Well, that’s, (1+ / 0-)
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      among many, one of the questions. How do you decide where a character’s racism comes from, and if you make a decision, as a story crafter, that a character is racist, just so you can say, “hey, look at me I can write a racist character,” are you failing in the first sense to tell an honest story?

      And this kind of thinking only makes me formulate more questions.

      Previously, in your discussion about The Walking Dead, I was intrigued on the issue of racism of fictional characters. Your discussion there leads me to begin to wonder about a certain kind of dichotomy inherent in the interpretation of racist issues in fiction. One the one hand there are the obvious stereotypes written into the narrative, okay I get that, but then there is a deeper, or perhaps lateral, sort of racism in the examination of the narrative as a whole. Is this overall racism built into the narrative, or is it insidious, a product of our culture? Are the artists aware of the racism they are portraying (and forgive me, I have a difficult time talking about actors of color in any sort of way that does not betray my own ignorance)? I mean to say, is the actor who is portraying T-Dog coached in his portrayal with such ridiculous things as, “Okay, so see, you an inner city black man with a heart of gold and you go by the street name, T-Dog,” (that sounds stupid just to type it, but I’m curious as to how this is managed.
      But it fascinates me.  You have an actor who is portraying a man who has hatred for people of color. Is he coached on what that means? Even to me, a white male raised in Los Angeles, the performance of the non white actors seems shallow and underdeveloped compared to the white roles (“Rick, you are a complex, tortured and troubled man, determined to overcome your fears and find strengths you don’t know you have,” “Oh, and this other character is the crafty survives against the odds Asian character.”

      It is complex, and I wish I could discuss it deeper, but this might not be the place for that kind of discussion.

      thank you

      •  what you are getting at are issues of (0+ / 0-)

        racial identity, humanity, and projection. you are also very smartly touching on the idea of a collective subconscious where these issues are worked out. Of course Freud and others, especially Fanon, had much to say on those issues both directly and indirectly.

        There are some interesting collection on identity in the field known as Performance Studies. Lacan, a theorist who works with psychoanalytical frameworks, would likely be very compelling to you as well.

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