So, I'm not going to post the video I watched that sparked this conversation among my friends, because I kind of know the woman who made it, and I don't want anyone to like go harass her or something. But this is one of the dumbest things I've heard in a while. Apparently, there is a sort of "movement" arising that dictates that some people shouldn't be telling some stories. In other more simple terms, if you are a white person, you shouldn't be writing a book about a black main character. Or if you're straight, you shouldn't be writing about a gay main character, etc. Some publishers have actually come right out and said they will not publish a book if its written by someone with a different background than the main character, or if they feel the author is "not the right person to be writing that story." My question is, wth kind of idiocy is this? I completely disagree with this. There have been so many great books about diverse characters that were written by straight, white people, and they have gone on to make people see new perspectives and learn and grow. The girl who made this video actually said, and I quote, "There have been so many good books written by white, able-bodied people...," she goes on to explain how those books have changed her world view and shown her new people's perspectives and made her thing, introduced her to new cultures, etc. And then she follows that up by saying, "... BUT... it's 2019, and we're critically examining who can tell these stories." So... essentially her perspective is that even though all these books she's mentioned are great and well-told stories that aren't offensive in any way... they shouldn't exist, because white people wrote them. Someone please tell me this is all just a freaking nightmare. I'm so sick of this racist, sexist, ridiculous crap. I don't understand how someone can go on and on about all these amazing books that have done so much good in the world, including in the world of race relations and expanding people's world views between races and cultures and sexualities, etc.... and then go on to say "but, this is all wrong and bad and we shouldn't do it, because it's racist." Sorry, I just had to rant about this, because it's driving me insane. So many people in my community online think this way, and I can't stand it. It's idiotic, backwards thinking. They act as if a white person writing a book about a black person is taking away black author's abilities to write their own books about black people, too. Even though there are millions of books in existence, and they still have all the same opportunities. Nobody is taking anything away from anyone. We can all write whatever we want to write. And if the book is good, why does it matter the race of the person who wrote it? If you care about that over the quality of the writing, then you just might be a racist, yourself.