…then it stands to reason that black writers can’t write white characters, doesn’t it? Actually BOTH ideas are just stupid and divisive. And yet that’s the extreme that DC and Marvel seem to be taking. You can only write for the gender, race, and sexual orientation that you are part of. (I wonder if that includes religion and atheism? Remember, they don’t consider religions AS religions but a culture because their understanding of religion is questionable at best.) This means that good writers are being limited in what characters they can work on. And it looks like even writers of other “groups” suffer the same problem, that they can’t write for white males unless they are white males. Because it only makes sense, right? Actually none of this makes sense but that’s what happens when politics and activism force their way into every part of our lives and not just the parts they belong.
Apparently this is the barrier that black writer Christopher Priest (sometimes credited only by his last name) has crashed into, as he was only allowed to write black characters, causing him to pretty much turn down everything given because he was tired of only being able to write black characters. In this interview found by Four Color Media Monitor Priest discusses the problem he’s had being, for lack of a better word, typecast because of his skin color and not his writing style. And while I had problems with his run on Steel and a few other comics he’s not really a bad writer, who has worked on plenty of non-white led titles. I’ll even be starting one miniseries next week he worked on with primarily white and half-white characters. (Mixed race, not those guys from that one Star Trek episode.