Hello! Recently, I found a folder of world building documents that I'd abandoned about a year ago. In reading them, I remembered exactly why I'd given up- the main conflict I'd constructed was essentially about a race war that too closely copied real life colonialism. Being white, I felt (and still feel) very uncomfortable writing about such things. I don't want to accidentally talk over the people who are far more qualified than me to write stories about race and racism.

However, I don't feel like I've ever seen media that does the whole multiple races thing without including some form of fantasy racism. Because of that, I kinda don't know how to avoid it?

The only solution I can think of now is to only have one race, and instead focus on the conflicting subcultures within that race. For example, instead of the story being 'humans hate orcs', it'd be 'orcs hate this one group of orcs who don't conform to orc norms'… if that makes sense. I don't think it's a bad angle to take, honestly, but if anyone else has any other ways to approach this issue, I'd really appreciate the advice!

Source: reddit post


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