An Ongoing, Erratic Diary
|10 September 2012, 1:51 PM|
|I am running into racism problems in my SF book. There are two main alien characters; one is vaguely saurian, the other is vaguely feline. Ish. Which is fine. There are also others aliens in the background, but we don't get to know them well. There's also a war going on.
I'm having some trouble because I keep writing these scenes where there's, y'know, violence and such. And when the humans are full of rage, fine, they fight, at least some of them. And when the aliens are full of rage, they also fight, but in a more...physical way? Claws coming out, ruffs mantling, etc. It made sense when I wrote it, but now it's feeling uncomfortably similar to the colonial literature I teach in which the brown-skinned people were all portrayed as somehow animalistic and barbaric. I'm afraid I've written myself into a racist corner here by basing these two on animal-types to begin with. :-(
(There is one other saurian-critter who doesn't fight; he's peace-committed, personally. But he has the same anger-biological stuff playing out, plus poison fangs, etc., so I'm not sure it's any better that he controls himself?)
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