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Monday, January 21, 2019

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Bixyl Shuftan

I imagine if there's a rule about being an ethnic avatar, it's similar to one rule of drawing humans: avoid sterotypes. Perhaps it's because I see sterotyping not so much as hateful but foolish, but avatar appearance isn't really that big a deal to me.

David Endrizzi

"If you aren't black, the luxury of throwing on a black skin and playing black should make you think about why you want to do that."
So says the white guy Second Life blogger.

Indeed, the blog post makes me wonder what questions somebody might have me ask myself when I purpose to wear my Gollum avatar.

Someone

The division of races in SL is the most ridiculous thing I've seen in 7 years and it's something I know exists, I've lived it. I am European, my paternal origins are from europe and my mother is latin, my father blond... blue eyes, my mother brunette with green eyes and not frizzy hair. My real traits is tanned skin without curly hair and green eyes, in SL opt for an avatar of color because I love black people as much as white, my girlfriend is black from Kenia is beautiful. What did I discover? In many adult sims the male black avatars are well appreciated, the same does not happen in other types of sims, in a very famous auto shop I went to buy 3 cars in a single purchase about 9,000 L $, but I had some doubts, I watched the help person went fast to talk to some people who arrived long after me, a few minutes later they left, I asked him if he could help me and he finally approached me, after talking For a few minutes about the cars I bought those 3 and this person was surprised, I asked him to tell me about the car ourchased by those people (I really wanted to know if they bought one) and he answered "they didn't buy any", I replied to him that sometimes a good customer is the least expected. I don't know how is to be a person of color in the US (the country where more SL residents are) but if they move their stereotypes (both ... black and white people) SL is free to fly, teleport, build, unite thousands of people of different origins, cultures, religions and we are going to tie up ourselves to a skin color? that is extremely ridiculous and immature. At least from my POV.

Nalates Urriah

Racists make it about race. Fascists tell you what you have to think and do about race. All have lost touch with reality.

Prejudice, hate, and intolerance are well and thriving in SL.

The most surprising part is the Nineteen Eighty-Four Orwell dystopia is coming to life. Everything is upside-down and/or reversed. Those demanding tolerance are the least tolerant. The loudest voices against fascism are the most fascist in action. The home of free speech, Berkley, is the most opposed to free speech. And it is all a part of SL.

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Aliasi Stonebender

Some of the stereotyping is pretty shameless (someone going for a 'urban gangsta' look, for example). I've had a number of darker-skinned avatars, but avatar design is a large part of what I *do* in Second Life; if I feel like my mecha-centaur girl should seem like some kind of mixed-race for the concept in my head, she's gonna be brown.

(And one of my 'default' avatars is black-skinned... but also, you know, humanoid dragon. I don't think black scales are quite what they had in mind.)

Madeline blackbart

I actually have worn black skins (I mean most days I'm a pearl white robot or a purple demon girl I run the gamut on skin colors.) And people have asked me why my avatar is "darker" or made negative comments. I don't go oh haha im white. I say "I thought it looked cool/beautiful." I don't need to make excuses for dressing my avatar in a way I feel looks good. Why should I?

Clara Seller

It's hard to tell what Martin Luther King Jr. would think about all of this. I believe his message was about freedom and that's probably why he was shut up.

This tribute, focusing on skin color, falls within the acceptable boundaries of what he and us are permitted to talk about. We all know that we need to nod our heads and applaud in approval and walk a very narrow path through these landmines.

When King started broadening his vision and saying that the real problem might be "class", that's when he had to go. You know, there was a brief hopeful period in the seventies when all of this "color" problem began a healing process. Organically, things were starting to repair. Unfortunately, it didn't survive the class restructuring of the 80's and 90's that was hammered down by both political parties. I fear that King's message has also been conveniently restructured into something divisive and celebrated by a holiday for elite institutions a little more bustle for the retail working class. Really?

Johnny Appleseed

I have one question, do these people know, that some people are biracial. So they are trying there best. Another big thing, it's a virtual world, you can be whoever you want to be, without being criticized, or being told you are wrong for being a different race, then what you really are. I really don't understand this, SL allows us to have creative freedom with our avatars. What is the problem, with a white woman using black girls skin? That and if you actually look hard enough, there is a tonne of different shades of black, at different stores. You just gotta do a bit of detective work.

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