A Common Myth Facing Diversity in Media

Over the past few years, there has been a call for my diversity in media as a whole to have more representation that just white. This call has been met with fierce resistance and one of the most common exclamation by this resistance is that white, straight, males, (who are usually the writers for these things) cannot inherently write good female, poc, and gay characters because they are white, straight, males. Therefore, they will end up making a bad character.

Here is a long counter argument to that notion:

She-Hulk (feminist icon and widely beloved character):

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Creators:

Stan lee                        John Buscema

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Writers:

Savage She-Hulk:

Stan Lee and John Buscema

Sensation She-Hulk:

John Byrne

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She-Hulk (2004):

Dan Slott

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John Stewart (Green Lantern):

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Creators:

Dennis O’Neil                              Neal Adams

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Writers:

Dennis O’Neil                  Gerard Jones                         Dwayne McDuffie

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Judd Winick                  Ron Marz                           Van Jensen

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Robert Venditti

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Black Panther:

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Creators:

Stan lee                      Jack Kirby

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Writers:

Jungle Action:

Don McGregor

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Black Panther Vol 1:

Jack Kirby

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Black Panther Vol 2:

Peter B. Gillis

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Black Panther Vol 3:

Christopher Priest

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Black Panther Vol 4:

Reginald Hudlin

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Black Panther: The Man Without Fear + Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive:

David Liss

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Many more and mostly white guys.

Captain Marvel (formerly Ms. Marvel):

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Creators:

Gene Colan                        Roy Thomas

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Writers:

Ms.Marvel Vol 1:

Chris Claremont

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Ms.Marvel Vol 2:

Brian Reed

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Captain Marvel Vol 7 & 8:

Kelly Sue DeConnick

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Ms.Marvel (2007):

Brian Reed

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The Mighty Avengers:

Brian Michael Bendis

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Falcon (new Captain America):

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Creators:

Stan Lee                  Gene Colan

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Writers:

Captain America (all volumes):

Stan Lee              Gary Friedrich                 Gerry Conway       Steve Englehart

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Mike Friedrich              John Warner   Tony Isabella                               Jack Kirby

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Roy Thomas            Don Glut                     Steve Gerber          Roger McKenzie    Peter B. Gillis

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Roger Stern                 John Byrne                 Jim Shooter            J.M. Dematteis      David Kraft

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Mark Gruenwald   Roy Thomas          Rob Liefeld                 James Robinson         Jeph Loeb

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Dan Jurgens                                  Ed Brubaker

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Captain America & The Falcon:

Christopher Priest

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All-New Captain America:

Rick Remender

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Jade (Beyond Good & Evil):

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Creator and Writer:

Michel Ancel

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GLaDOS (portal):

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Creators:

Erik Wolpaw                    Kim Swift

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Writers:

Erik Wolpaw             Chet Faliszek

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Lili Zanotto (Psychonauts):

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Writers:

Tim Schafer                    Erik Wolpaw (wow this guy has a pedigree)

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Ellie (The Last of Us):

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Creator and writer:

Neil Druckmann

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Samus Aran (Metroid series):

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Creator:

Makoto Kano

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Writers:

Metroid:

Makoto Kano

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Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion:

Yoshio Sakamoto

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Metroid Prime Hunters:

Richard Vorodi

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Lara Croft (Tomb Raider 2013. You know why.):

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Writers:

Rhianna Pratchett         Susan O’Connor

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Female Shepard (Mass Effect Series):

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Writers:

Mass Effect:

Drew Karpyshyn

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Mass Effect 2:

Drew Karpyshyn        Mark Walters

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Mass Effect 3:

Mac Walters

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Faith Connors (Mirror’s Edge):

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Writer:

Rhianna Pratchett

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Lucca (Chrono Trigger):

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Writers:

Takashi Tokita             Masato Kato                  Yoshinori Kitase         Yuji Horii

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Luke Cage:

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Creators:

Archie Goodwin          John Romita Sr.

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Writers:

Power Man (#17 – #49):

Len Wein                    Tony Isabella                       Bill Mantlo                     Don McGregor

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Marv Wolfman                Chris Claremont

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Cage:

Marcus McLaurin

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Hero for Hire:

Archie Goodwin        Steve Englehart          Tony Isabella

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Cage (2002):

Brian Azzarello

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Barret Wallace (Final Fantasy 7):

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Writers:

Yoshinori Kitase         Kazushige Nojima

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Carl “CJ” Johnson (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas):

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Writers:

DJ Pooh                    Dan Houser                                     James Worrall

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Lee Everett (The Walking Dead Season One):

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Creator:

Sean Vanaman

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Writers:

Sean Vanaman             Gary Whitta        Mark Darin

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Look, if a writer is a straight they’re not going to inherently understand the problems of being other orientations. If a writer is white they’re not going to inherently understand the problems of being POC. If a writer is male the aren’t going to inherently understand the problems of being a woman. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t learn or that it is impossible for them to portray these things correctly. That’s why we have thinking exercises wherein we try to imagine, within reason and logic, an experience outside of our own. We also live in the age of the internet where we can find other people’s’ stories to use as reference, easily contact people who have had particular experiences discuss and learn about those experiences, and then have people with those experiences review the work and make corrections where necessary or appropriate. Some of these guys even managed to do it without most of the resources I just listed and managed to do it really well. But personal experiences of prejudice and how that affects people aside, are you really going to try and tell me that a white guy can’t make a great black character merely because that character has more melanin than him? Really?

Also, if you see anyone trying to make that argument, link them to this page.

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