As you can see, these two girls look nothing alike. I'm not saying the casting decision had anything to do with race. All I know is that most of the time when a black person is depicted in a TV show or a movie, they usually look like the second girl. I don't look like her, and not to sound conceited, but I'd like to see more examples of people that look like me.
Finally, the lovely Dia Reeves gave her take on race in YA. Basically, she agrees with Quita and me--not all black characters should have to go through the hardships of oppression or the ghetto. Sometimes they just want to kick some supernatural ass. Can I get a woot woot?
There you have it. My main characters will no longer just be white or biracial--they'll be whoever I want them to be. Besides, not just white characters can fall in love with vampires or overturn a dystopian government.
What would you all love to see more in YA? Are you doing anything in your writing about it?