the more i think about it the more uncomfortable i get like
hey white people
do not pretend to be all-knowing and worldly by butting into discussions about tamika flynn being black (which she is, seriously, it’s canon there is no debate here) and saying she could be japanese bc the name is maybe japanese. as an asian person, i highly doubt you’re that knowledgeable at all about japanese names tbh so would you kindly stop pretending to know anything about this specific culture? all you’re doing is derailing the conversation in a rly shitty condescending way
asian people aren’t your passive model minority tools that you can use to silence other poc, especially black people, like. do not do the same thing white society has always done to us, which is pit us against each other for your own creepy benefit and amusement. you don’t speak for us and i would thank you not to try because it’s so fucking dehumanizing
there is a reason why the writers decided to make this incredibly intelligent, respected, resilient, and brave character a young black girl. SPECIFICALLY. how often do you see young black women depicted so positively and without stereotypes? if you’re consciously gonna make her a pretty little white girl instead, you are actively undoing all the good that the show makes an effort to prioritize
and finally, i notice that white people only bring up tamika’s name being possibly japanese when other people, primarily poc, are talking about how happy they are that she’s such a well-written character who is a black girl. i KNOW you never care about other characters being possibly asian when they’re fan favorites typically depicted as white, ie: cecil, earl harlan, etc. in fact, plenty of people have gotten shit for having asian headcanons of those characters and hardly anyone said anything about that, sooo? what’s your deal? why is white tamika so ~sacred, why do you need to defend whitewashing so goddamn hard
don’t use us as your excuse to push your own anti-blackness forward
The reason why people are defending her because she 15 year old girl getting hate for cosplaying as character with no race. How can she whitewash someone we’ve never seen before only heard of. And if would have heard that people was getting shit for there headcanons I would have defending them too but this isn’t about being pro white or anti black or any other race. This about people bullying a kid because she cosplay that doesn’t matches everyone skin tone. That’s the reason people is up in arms and are mad as hell not about race but about bullying for being their race. No one is being anti-black we’re trying to keep our friend alive!
straight from cecil baldwin’s + fink and cranor’s mouths, tamika is a PoC
also, in addition to carlos being described as dark-skinned in ep 16, jeffrey cranor recently made an announcement about how because carlos was a character of color, they wanted to take it a step further and hire a queer latino actor to play him because they felt it would be a good opportunity to provide more visibility for queer actors of color
no one was bullying her, BUT a bunch of people started harassing another artist because they didn’t want to draw her white tamika, as it would be whitewashing. people called out your friend politely enough (at worst they were rude but honestly that is all), but her refusal to listen to REAL PEOPLE OF COLOR is a testament to how little she cares about not being shitty
there are five billion white characters out there for white people and ALMOST NONE for PoC, especially black girls. if PoC tell you we aren’t comfortable with you doing it, YOU LISTEN. your desire to cosplay isn’t more important than real life PoC
it was a conscious, deliberate erasure of a canon character of color for ultimately selfish reasons. it’s an act of racism and disrespect because of her complete disregard for both the character’s identity and all the PoC in fandom
tamika is a PoC, having her be white in any medium is whitewashing, so own up to it. age is no excuse when you’re prioritizing your white friend’s RP blog over all the other teens of color in the fandom who have to deal with racist whitewashing bile every time someone says explicitly, canonically-stated characters of color are white and therefore more desirable than any brown people, or every time a PoC gets anon hate and shit for speaking up at ALL
your friend fucked up. learn from it, move on, don’t be shitty to PoC again
I could waste my time I like did before agruing with you all day but I have a better life then this and I hope the whole the Night Vale fandom see how you just called a 15 year old girl fucked up because she wanted to cosplay as someone and if she doesn’t wake up today I want you to remember the day you posted as if it was your last because she was never shitty to PoC and that’s coming from me and I don’t know if you count as Asian for PoC.