I want to talk about something that’s probably a little controversial, race in SL. I went to an audition and the requirements were dark skins. I have no problem whatsoever with making my skin dark for a show. I’ve talked before about my willingness to change my avatar for a show so that the designer is happy. It doesn’t bother me to be dark or light or anything needed. I was actually surprised that some people don’t want to do this. I don’t see the big deal. But, what’s worse to me is it seems fairly prejudicial to outright refuse to change. I know there are people who play SL from all ethnic backgrounds and I wonder how they feel about it. I don’t think prejudice is any more acceptable in SL than it is in rl. I’ve heard from people who felt others were prejudicial towards them. It just isn’t right. If we can’t make our skins dark for a few hours that just makes me sad. But to be prejudicial towards others in a game, in SL, makes me mad. We are all equals. My white avatar is not better than a black one. To me all are welcome on SL and all should be treated equally because the person behind the avatar, is just that, a real person with feelings. I know other ethnic groups face prejudice in their real lives and isn’t it sad they can’t even escape this in SL.
So get your act together if you read this and are one of these people. We are all the same inside and there’s no excuse for prejudice. If people have another excuse for not changing their skins to dark I’d like to hear it. If it isn’t prejudice what is it then?