Some guy: how about including a more diverse representation of ethnic background in D&D Next? WotC is on a great trajectory, going from all white male in 1st ed to the current ethnically ambiguous drawings, but it would be really great if they took the next step of having a wide variety of identifiable ethnicities. Please take me seriously despite titling this "A Modest Proposal"
Internet: aaargh, you are so racist for making me think about this.
No, seriously, allow me to share some choice quotes
"I simply cannot understand why some people believe it's the duty of every single writer and artist to tackle all social issues from our world when they create works of fiction, especially when this fiction takes place in a fantasy world."
"f I'm not a racist, and I'm not a minority, why should I be thinking about racism all day?"
"If anything adding just black characters will be insulting. Because instead of focusing on promoting diversity, they would just be trying to make it look like they are promoting diversity"
"I feel like that's a contradiction - that they're saying white people should have to work to identify with other groups but those other groups shouldn't have to work to identify with whites"
"I"ve never been to a movie theater to see a movie starring Will Smith, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, etc, and seen the seats totally bereft of white people. White people show up for Book of Eli and I Am Legend.
BUT when studios tried to cast white actors for the main lineup of The Last Airbender or Prince of Persia, it offended a lot of people."
Then there's the guy insisting that drow count as representing black people and women should be restricted to tavern wenches and harem girls, but I assume he is trolling.
(from the original post at tor.com
"Why not just let the artists create art, the game be a game. Why is D&D being used for race baiting?"
"When people think of high fantasy, they think of a generic middle ages europe with elves and dwarves. Why force them to change their image? It's not hurting anybody"
"I'm white. My wife is black. I introduced her and her siblings (ages 14-20 at the time) to rpg's. Strangely, they were never concerned that the art in the books didn't include many minorities. They were concerned with having fun, which we did. "
That's made up, right? No one who actually married a person of a different race would be that stupid, right?
No one, much less an ethnic minority, would ever marry a person who was that clueless on race, right?