One genre that takes a lot of hits for diversity is Fantasy. And considering how often fantasy books can be very white (*cough*Game of Thrones*couch*) it is a just point.
A common defense is that it is a set in a time and location where there were not non-white people. This is pretty easily proven false, there is medieval art depicting black knights and noble-people. The best response, really, though is, “What you can imagine trolls and dragons…but a black person…that kills your suspension of disbelief?”
However, I have seen some extend this statement to condemn use of structures of oppression having no place in fantasy. Slavery has no need to exist in a fantasy world. But I am not sure I buy that. It is lazy to use slavery as your in for having black characters in your book. But to argue that you cannot address a fundamental flaw…
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