#ownvoices don't have to be complicated

We don't need our stories to constantly be dowsed in politics for them to be #ownvoices stories.

Our racial and religious identities don't always need to be front and center. Sometimes a brown character is just that: a brown character. There doesn't need to be a reason for them being brown. Their parents don't need to be doctors or own a corner store, nor do they need to be breaking the stereotypes so dramatically as to become the complete opposite.

They just are, just as we are.

Whether your stories want to make a statement or not, it doesn't matter. Because an #ownvoices story just needs to be written by one of us to qualify.

It's already tiring enough justifying our existence in the real world, going through the politics of immigration, of DACA, of why we came to be here in the first place. Why do our characters need that same kind of justification?

It's fiction. You can do whatever you want, however you want, as politicized as you want.

It's up to you.