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makes sense because this is something ive been struggling with my own writing because i was raised in america therefore everything has to be white and i didnt know i was doing it until college and im not even white
Same here, when I thought about a lot of my ideas I realized how ignorant I had been when approaching them, and for a comparison to your predicament I for some reason have never really created any characters of my own Hellenic ethnicity mostly because if doing so I thought I would seem nationalist (other than Greeks having a really small population, but anyway). So yeah, even while there will still be a large Anglo-Saxon population (even a generally white European population) or just a general English speaking population. But seriously though, let’s go to the latest Star Trek movie. Yes yes, in its time Star Trek had made great leaps in representation of cultures and sexes, but now in new!Trek you have an admiral of Starfleet who is a white anglo-saxon male. You could make a book out of characters who are exactly like that. I mean, I have never heard of, say, a character from a Nigerian or Iranian background leading Starfleet. Hell even someone of mixed background should be represented in an organization such as Starfleet, as that is one of the growing groups of the world considering the impact globalization has had (I’m not just talking about corporate globalization here, I’m saying the internet and airplanes and anything that assists with people moving and making connections globally).
What I’m saying is that in this grand organization for space exploration for the human species it’s bizarre to see the same cookie cutter white male characters everywhere. Seriously why is it so damn hard to diversify the human species when in the context of Star Trek diversity has probably far more likely to come to mean MULTIPLE species cooperating on a grand scale. Hell there is a Federation of Planets which has done more than our own damn United Nations, Star Trek is supposed to be the optimistic sci-fi now give me a badass Chinese-Moroccan lady who leads the biggest fleet in Starfleet.
Also back to that ‘new cultures being formed on human off-world colonies from cultural exchange and new environments’ idea should appear more too just because I love it when writers worldbuild outside of the set expectations of a genre.
Because egocentrism is a prevalent and persistent expression in any kind of medium based on the one creating the work. This is primarily in the case of Anglophone and Anglo-Saxon related populations. In order to explain this you have to look at various historical points.
The rise and fall of the Roman Empire across Europe and Mediterrenean.
The Middle Ages
The Enlightenment Period
During which the transition from feudalism to industrialization and rise of Capitalism occurred. Also the European Imperialism spreading across the globe starting with the Crusades and colonization of Indochina, Pacific Island nations, Africa, and the New World. The majority of these in power were primarily white European and for centuries retained footholds in science, education, military clout and so on. Then eventually American Imperialism in the modern era that continues to this day.
With modern era we have advancements in science and technology, primarily owned and controlled by said peoples and therefore the dictation of the kind of material produced would be egocentric to them.
Moving further into the modern age, you have a solidification of Capitalism in Western society, and then to now, with consumerism, service industries, multinational corporations, and globalization being primarily driven and owned by eurocentric ethics and ideals.
The Internet, the Film Industry, the Music Industry, etc, the major target audience are English speaking and Western. So despite these reaching the entire globe and all kinds of peoples, the only way to make the most amount of money or get the most attention, everything has to be refitted or planned to target that particular audience even though the person making the work is not Anglo-Saxon or speaks English.
So until those at the source or the places that hold the majority of the control of these mediums begin to diversify their own products or works, what you’re talking about won’t happen.
And I’m pretty sure what I had in mind of explaining all of this has escaped me but in short, here’s a smaller example:
If you’re the minority in terms of numbers but you had control of everything had the most power, in order to retain that power and be on top, then your goal would be to make the majority want to be like you, look like you, act like you, live like you, but at the same time prevent them from being too much like you or even if they were to satisfy every requirement they still couldn’t be you simply because they weren’t born where you were or born like you, thus never being truly accepted and being considered “normal” or “acceptable.”
That’s why we still have presidential candidates who have to prove they were born in that country simply because they look different or having someone’s nationality, legitimacy, or citizenship because they look different, talk different, live different, think different. (ex: Obama and that lady that won Miss America from New York who was of Indian descent.)
It’s like trying to dig a hole in a desert. No matter how much you take away (for sake of metaphor: racism or sexism) from one spot something else will fill that hole. These problems are interconnected and persisted and legitimized by various institutions that can simultaneously work together or independently.
When aliens in galaxies 70 million light years away look through a telescope at Earth, they see dinosaurs.
Is that why there has been no alien contact? Because as far as aliens are concerned, there is legitimately no intelligent life on earth?