Based on a previous thread by Rebecca D Robinson and a growing trend in Hollywood since the "black lives matter" movement, should screenwriters be writing for their own race?
Even the Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters. These changes are being implemented everywhere. And as a screenwriter who often struggles because I'm black and African people always expect me to be writing African stories like give me a break. I write Action and Fantasy primarily and African mythology is too gruesome for my taste (a wealth of horror material is all African mythology is) and I don't do horror. I try, I really try to write African stories but I get inspired by many things to write and I'm guilty of writing even more white male protagonists into existence. But the pressure to write black material is mounting on me and since it came up in the forum I thought hey, let's hear what you all have to say.
Am I wrong in writing whatever I want? Or is it my duty as a black person to write for my race? Please keep in mind that the only time I do write for my race is when I have a story to tell... I don't sit at my desk and be like mhmmm today, I'm going to write the next Black Panther. The same applies to all my other scripts, I never sit at my desk and think, yes, today it'd be nice to write a white woman's story. My work originates from my imagination most of the time, and it just depends on what I think is a worthy story to put on paper based on many factors. But I feel like now after 2020 if I like whip out a script I dreamt up about one of my white surfer friends people will be like hey woman, where is your black pride? Like now I have to trap my imagination in the colour of my skin....
And I won't. Nah, I definitely won't hey.