Journal Entry: Tue Jan 1, 2013, 9:50 PM
So recently there's been a bit of hubbub about whitewashing on artists-confessions.
And I wanted to speak my mind a bit about this, and hopefully encourage some discussion
with you guys on it.
Warning: This is a long and personal rant.
If you can't read personal views and opinions, or think that opinions shouldn't be
posted on the internet, stop reading now. I've warned you.
It seems like a growing number of people are complaining that artists, anime/traditional, etc but
especially on dA from what I've heard, don't draw or make a lot of OCs that are "PoC"s or "People
While it is true that it is a dime a dozen to see a non-white OC, I don't think that artists are REQUIRED
to make non-caucasian OCs to be politically correct.
That's silly. If someone has an entire group of OCs, or a comic/manga with
only caucasian or asian characters they are not necessarily racist. And it's wrong to flame them or tell them so
unless they are actively being racist. Sometimes that's just the artist's preference. Not everyone finds dark skin
beautiful, and vice versa. Not all people prefer pale skin. And it might not even be that the artist doesn't like
other skin types. It could just be that they grew up around one kind of nationality, or like asian culture and want
to draw those kinds of people.
Just like it's wrong to conform to the idea of racism,
you shouldn't force artists to conform to being politically correct and force them to draw characters who are not
asian or caucasian. If they don't want to draw it they don't have to. Art is an extension of your imagination, an
extension of your innermost thoughts. Your soul, even. It is not up to others to dictate to you how you should
express yourself so that you can be more PC.
But it is good practice to try drawing all kinds of skin colors. It's not a requirement of being a good artist, but it's
a good thing to experiment. And I personally love diversity. There's so much you can learn from other
cultures, so I'd never limit myself to only learning about one.
You may say, but ehbi, your gallery is FULL OF CAUCASIANS/PALE CHARACTERS. YOU'RE A
I don't do a lot of personal work. Almost my entire gallery is made up of commissions from other people.
Just keep that in mind.
However, it pisses me off that there is a fucking acronym for people who aren't white.
I don't see it as that important that someone isn't white that they have to have a friggin'
acronym to generalize them into a group of people that aren't white. That makes no sense.
Just like I don't like it when people generalize others as white or black or asian when they
refer to their ethnicity. "Black" isn't an ethnicity and neither is "white".
Not all "white" people are Russian, for the same reason that all "black" people aren't from Africa.
Which is why the term "African-American" also bothers me. You only really see this in
If Dolores's great-great-great-sixteen times great grandfather was
from Mongolia, but her great-great grandfather and
all of his children were born and raised in Spain, intermarried with the
Spanish people and etc, Dolores is, for all intents and purposes, Spanish
and 1/144th Mongolian. She's not Asian or Asian-Spanish.
It's not the slavery days anymore. Everyone with dark skin was not born in
Africa so why use the term "African-American" if they don't have immediate
ancestry there? Sure, maybe 500 years ago they had an ancestor
from Africa, but why are we bypassing all of the other ethnicities
that had to come into play before we were born? We're talking about 500
years of people marrying or having children with either the same race
or other races. The possibilities are endless.
In my opinion, "African-Americans" are first and second-or even third-generation Africans who either migrated to
America or whose parents or grandparents migrated to America and ONLY married other Africans who had
NO OTHER split ancestry whatsoever. Once you start adding other ethnicities in, you aren't just
"African-American" anymore. For example:
if your grandfather was Nigerian and came to America and married someone who was Balinese, your mother/father
is Nigerian/Balinese-American. Say your mother/father married a Russian-American.
You'd be Nigerian/Balinese/Russian-American or African/Indonesian/Eurasian-American.
But the way the world is today, if you had dark skin and kinky/curly hair, you'd just be "black" or
"African-American, or if you inherited your grandmother's Balinese looks,
You'd probably be classified as "asian" or even "indian" (by ignorant people).
And if you only inherited your Russian parent's looks, you'd be classified as "white".
But you're obviously so much more than that.
Don't get me wrong, I am not flaming other artists or blaming you if you have that kind of mindset. We were all
raised to think this way by the government. I'm not being anarchist here, I'm just stating a fact. Most nations like
to keep a close tab on the ethnicities that live in their country because of census and population data reasons.
When we fill out applications or surveys or school-related or court-related documents the only options to choose are
"Hispanic", "White/Caucasian", "Black/African-American/Negro", "Asian", "Pacific Islander" or "Other".
Unless you check the "Other" box, you're usually forced to choose what other option you actually identify with.
Why would we refer to ourselves or others otherwise?
One day someone came into my livestream and said something along the lines of:
"What? I didn't know you were black. My entire world is upside down."
I had to correct them. I am not "black". I was not born in Blackland.
My mother's parents are both South American (Brazilian and Guyana),
but moved to America when they had my mother and aunt. Their parents
and grandparents were from England but moved to South America and married and had children
My mother married my father who was born in America, but his mother was born in Puerto Rico,
and his father was born in the Dominican Republic. Their parents were Native American, Spanish (from spain),
and Indian (from India). Therefore, I'm Brazilian/Guyanese/Native American/Spanish/European and Indian.
I just call myself American.
Do you think that artists should make more of an effort to draw non-caucasian art?
Do you think that it's wrong/right to refer to people with dark skin and kinky hair as African-American
regardless of where they're really from?
What do you identify as?
What is your opinion on all of this?