also anything written by white people about PoC sucks
Read anything by Tamora Pierce, Riley?
you mean the same Tamora Pierce whose main characters are consistently white, even in a book about Brown people fighting against the colonizers in their country?
you mean the same Tamora Pierce whose first series included a book in who had a plot point wherein a white female character essentially went into a small community of Brown people and taught them about sexism? the same Tamora Pierce where—in that same first series—had a white king take up a position of cultural power & importance from that same group of white people? i could go on, but it’s a while since i’ve read her books.
like her shit all you want, but don’t fucking kid yourself that she’s free from problematic shit. >|
You mean the same Tamora Pierce who consistently includes non-white people in central roles in her book, the same Tamora Pierce who has two out of four main characters in her Emelan series as ‘people of color’ and who consistently portrays characters as characters, regardless of what color they are? You mean the same Tamora Pierce that is basically one of the best examples of YA feminist literature you will ever encounter?
You mean the same Tamora Pierce that, when that female was forced to stay in the ‘small community of brown people’ because she killed their evil shaman and their law dictated she must stay until someone killed her or she trained someone to take her place, she selects three Gifted children, two of which happen to be girls, to train, and though the People spoke out, she calmly pointed out that they were the ones available at the time and that they had no problem letting HER be their shaman so why should having another female be their shaman be any different? She acted as she always had: as a warrior, as a knight, because she was one by that time. She did not teach the community anything about sexism; they came to that decision themselves by watching Alanna train her apprentices and what the girls accomplished on their own. And if you remember, the whole point of the series was Alanna proving that she was just as good as any man, to EVERYONE. If you remember, she had to cross-dress and pretend to be a boy until she was outed right after she got knighted because that was the only way she’d be able to be a knight? The entire POINT of the series was that sexism is wrong. Why does that particular instance have any particular bearing in this conversation?
You mean the same Tamora Pierce who has women of all classes and ethnicities working in various jobs of all kinds? Knight, mage, Knight, Spy, Police, weaver, Metalsmith, ruler, QUEEN, financial manager, dancers, business people, herbalists and botanists, healers, authors…I could go on.
You mean the same Tamora Pierce who had a prince that happened to be white take up the throne that was rightfully his? You mean the same Tamora Pierce who, when a ‘white’ girl got kidnapped and ended up being a spy in a rebellion, helped put the rightful ruler (who was ‘brown’ or whatever Dove was) on the throne? She was not the main player; she was a helper. Let’s not forget Pierce’s numerous, numerous, capable ‘non-white’ characters that appear everywhere, from the Yamani Islands to Galla, to Carthak. Tamora Pierce has a wildly diverse world, with a similar wildly diverse cast of characters. No, she is not without her flaws: nobody is, regardless of their skin color. But Pierce does something that many, many authors do not.
She does not focus on their color. She focuses on their personality and their skills, their words and actions. They are PEOPLE, not a color. They are described, and their CULTURE is described. She mastered the art of having diverse characters without focusing on ‘OMG DIVERSITY!’
Both Briar and Daja are ‘non-white.’ Daja is, as far as I’ve been able to tell, black. She’s also bi, but it’s not really relevant in this particular conversation. Briar is harder. He’s not black, but he’s definitely not white. I’m not really sure.
Numair? Not white. One of the most accomplished mages in Pierce’s world, and one of only seven black robes. Immensely capable. I could name more. Nawat.
You mean the same Pierce that had a world that was full of rich, developed characters of both genders, all ethnicities and races, and various sexual identities?
You mean that Tamora Pierce?