BRHood: This is a complex issue, and I’m not sure how the other mods feel about this, but this is my take on it.
If you take a black character and make them anything other than black, it’s whitewashing and fucked up. And I say this because while all PoC deal with shit, every single race shits on blackness. They try their hardest to make it seem as though we don’t exist. And while it may seem like it’s not that big of a deal, considering how often erasing black bodies is in this world, it’s fucked up to change the few black characters that exist into anything non-black.
In terms of other races, I’d say the same thing stands. I mean, if you changed, let’s say, a Latino character to an East Asian man, it may not SEEM like a big deal, but it still holds the same “wtf, why can’t Latin@s have a character for themselves” kinda thing. In general, if a character is a PoC, just keep them what they originally are. Because we PoC get very few representation, it’s insulting to take those characters away from us.
In general, if you’re lightening a person’s color, it’s whitewashing. Even if you claim “Oh, they’re Japanese” or something, it doesn’t fly. Whitewashing is whitewashing. Keep PoC characters what they are originally and leave the racebending to characters that are originally white.