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i drew a bunch of elves of color!!
This post reminds me of something that happened a few years back.
I once served as art director for a project where the illustration spec called for characters of a variety of races (in the real-world sense, not the Dungeons & Dragons sense - though the latter was involved as well).
We had one particular artist, tasked with drawing a series of elves, who didn’t quite seem to get what that meant. Their output was basically “white elf”, “another white elf”, “white elf with a tan”, “white elf looking a bit pale”, “yet another white elf”, etc.
When this was pointed out, they were like “oh, yeah, now I get it - I’ll totally fix that with my next piece”.
They proceeded to turn in a picture of a blue elf.
In the end, we had to provide specific quotas for specific levels of racial representation in order to get the point across. It all worked out in the end, but it’s stuck with me ever since that this artist examined the original spec, looked at our feedback, and came to the conclusion a blue elf was more plausible than a black one.
In conclusion: this is awesome.
Read that last paragraph as many times as you need to.
Kiki’s Delivery Service!
When your classmates wrinkled their noses at the scent of your lunch still lingering on your clothes,
Even though their ancestors had conquered half the world in search of the spices you ate.
How they jeered at your mother’s bindi, making crude jokes about how ridiculous it looked on her,
And after ten years, how they all wore the exact same ornament on their own foreheads to keep up with the current trends.
When they repeatedly stumbled over the sharp letters which formed your name, forcing you to repeat yourself several times before giving up;
Only to have those very letters tattooed on their own flesh, in a language they do not comprehend.
Your culture belongs to you,
Not to them.
They’ll talk about diversity and anti-racism, but will interpret people pointing out whiteness and straightness as an insult rather than a fact. They’ll see it as an attack, because they’re used to comfy invisibility-as-default. They’ll praise “colorblindness” as though it’s something to aspire to. “Colorblindness” as an ideal has been criticized at length by many, many smart people—let’s listen. Don’t strive to make the marginalized invisible; strive to make the privileged visible.
It’ll make people uncomfortable. Trust me. They’ll live. The least the privileged can do is be aware of it.
Notice. Again and again and again, until it drives you to frustration because it’s everywhere. Until it drives others to frustration because they’re starting to notice, too, and now they can’t stop either.
Do not allow the barrage of majority narratives to pass unremarked upon.
Do not let the privileged be the default.
Eight is the maximum limit in hand to hand because: physical exhaustion. It’s best to think of a hand to hand fight like a sprint, there’s no allowed time for recovery, you’re going at each other 100% hard and every second you waste brings you closer to losing. Unlike sparring matches or boxing rounds, there is no timer and no guarantee about what’s going to happen after. If you’re in a bad situation (and if you’re fighting you already are) then the energy you’re expending on your opponent is energy you won’t have to escape even if you do manage to win.
The battery on your body doesn’t automatically reset.
For an example, think about any sports practice or, if you don’t do sports, any gym class with a teacher who is always on your case. (Maybe has forced you to run the dreaded mile). Think about how wiped and tired you felt after a really hard practice. Now, imagine having to run for your life when you feel like you can barely stand.
Unless you’re holding out for reinforcements, time is never on your side.
Now, we created weapons to make killing easier and to limit the physical drain. The guard with a sword or a spear allows for a moment to rest and breathe while defending against an assailant, while attacking with the weapon allows for easy, fast killing blows. Try to remember that weapons weren’t invented to make combat harder, they were created to make killing quicker and less taxing on the body. Swords make it easier for a combatant to fight for a prolonged period of time. However, it is with the assumption that said combatant will be facing more than one opponent during that time.
The best way to gauge how long a fight would take in a real world format is to look at real world fencers: whether it’s ARMA, also this historical fencing, German school of Fencing, Italian/French school with foils (Olympics, best in the world in 2012), or Kendo. Don’t think about how long the matches last, but the scoring and how often the buzzers sound. Most often with the scoring, each time the buzzer sounds signals a killing blow. That is how fast the fight would last. With some of these, especially Italian School Fencing, you have fencers who have been training since they were tots and will provide a decent study (for both men and women) of what you’d get in a historical period with someone trained from a young age.
The character’s goal may not be to kill their opponent, but to debilitate them so that they cannot keep fighting. Either way, it is usually over pretty quickly.
Knowledge is knowing that Frankenstein is not the monster.
Wisdom is knowing that Frankenstein is the monster.