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-Provide manuscript evaluation and feedback with respect to characters from underrepresented or marginalized groups.
-Identify inaccuracies in respect to the person/group about whom you are writing
-Provide feedback on the character
-Call attention to bias or negatively charged language
-Have areas of specialization
Listen to this fantastic episode of Ditch Diggers for more on this topic!
The American Heart kerfuffle.
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Given enough reach, some people will invariably hate or be offended by your work
-The Law of Large Numbers
-330 million people on Twitter
-500 million tweets per day
What can a writer do?
-Read Writing the Other
-Don't simply write white people in masks, men with boobs, etc...
-Do your research. Don't assume what you "know" to be true is factual.
-Avoid the White Savior trope.
-Don't appropriate the stories of marginalized cultures.
-Do your best.