Rascism - noun - hatred or intolerance of another race or other races
“White” people get just as much hatred for cosplaying as, say, Korra. If they darker their skin, they’re wrong. If they use their pale skin, they’re wrong. Why? Because some people think they’re taking cosplaying Korra from people of ethnicity. I know several white people who stopped cosplaying as Korra, one who is just as pale as me and doesn’t darken her skin because people were bashing on her.
I got told the I’m taking cosplays away from people because I cosplay as Asami, who is seen as Asian, and I’m not Asian.
Are people genuinely taking ANYTHING from ANYONE else? No. If you want to cosplay a dark skinned character, you aren’t preventing anyone from doing it, even if you’re white, black, asian, latino, whatever. You aren’t hurting anyone by cosplaying characters YOU LIKE. I don’t care how pale my skin may be, if I feel a connection with a character, I’m going to cosplay them, regardless of their skin tone. Because guess what? RACE DOESN’T MATTER. I’m not going to look at a black person and say, “YOU CAN’T COSPLAY AS FAYE VALENTINE BECAUSE SHES WHITE” just as I’m not going to look at an white person and say, “YOU CAN’T COSPLAY AS YORUICHI BECAUSE SHES BLACK”
Guess what? Cosplay isn’t about looking exactly like a character. It’s about showing your love for a character that you feel you connect with or want to be like and having fun.
Also, as I stated last week, when I was called a “mediocre white cosplayer” (even though I’m not white) that is JUST as racist as saying, “She’s just a black cosplayer”.
In the words of Martin Luther King Junior, “Do not judge a man by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character.” I’m sure Martin Luther King Junior did not mean, “But this only applies if you’re white and judging other people.” He meant ALL OF US should not look at one another by our skin color. White, Black, Latino, Asian, Indian, whatever. We are ALL HUMANS. And telling a white person who they can and cannot cosplay is just as bad as telling an ethnic person who they can and cannot cosplay.
As someone who is Native American but looks white, I see both sides of the coin. I’ve seen my father slandered and called names. The farm my Grandfather owned was stolen from the Government. But I walk around and don’t appear Native American because I have albinism. And I still feel that people judge me because I’m white. I worked with a bunch of Latino men several years ago that were incredibly racist and didn’t realize I knew enough Spanish to know what they were saying. Not many people get to see both sides of the coin. I do. I have. I’ve seen the injustices against my people. I’ve seen the poverty my tribe lives in due to the ramifications of the “White man”. Do I hate white people? No. Do I slander white people? No. I will not hold an entire race of people responsible for the actions of others within their race.
TL;DR Racism isn’t about power. It’s about prejudice. And ANYONE of ANY RACE should be allowed to show their love for a character, no matter their ethnicity. Because they aren’t trying to offend anyone; they’re showing their love for a character without focusing on race. Until EVERYONE of EVERY RACE can judge people by THEIR ACTIONS and NOT their skin colour, this will be an issue. And I don’t judge anyone, Black, White, Latino, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Inuit, Native American, Pacific Islander, WHATEVER by THEIR SKIN COLOUR. Which also means I won’t tell them what they can and cannot cosplay.
Water tribe out.