Hello! I’m currently writing my story for the double life contest and I had some questions that I would love opinions on- from POC and non-POC!
My story is about a girl who is a mixed (black and white) lesbian and she used to live in NYC- where people were much more accepting- and her mom accepted her but then her mom got promoted and they had to move to Texas. They moved to a small town there and people were racist towards her at her new school. She never came out to anyone at her new school and she was not confident at all. The whole double life concept comes in when she meets her best friend, Kay, and is introduced to music. She starts to love singing and songwriting and she starts to make videos where she dresses up in the outfits she feels the most confident in and sings (specifically about her sexuality) and she goes viral and has a lot of great feedback online.
Anyways, I wanted some people’s input on it because I am not a person of colour. My skin is white. Both of my parents are white, and my dad’s side is all European but I am Native American from my mom’s side. Point is, I don’t consider myself a POC but I do have a lot of different ethnicities in my blood. So, I am not a person of colour. I am white. But, my main character is black. And my main character is bullied for being black.
I wanted people’s opinions on that. Is it okay for my MC to be black? And more importantly, is it okay for my MC to be bullied because of that? I could always alter my story so that she isn’t bullied for that reason, or even change her skin colour. This is something that has been on my mind since I had the idea for the story, and I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t being offensive or if it wasn’t my place or my story to tell. Thank you for taking the time to read this. <3