White Until Proven Minority

It’s nothing new that western society tends to default everyone to white until proven otherwise. This is most common in books and radio shows where there isn’t a visual representation of the character in front of the audience. If a character isn’t explicitly stated as being a person of color, most people just assume the character is white. Things can get complicated when the actor portraying the character is a person of color but passes for white or if a character was incorrectly read by many people as white.

In the overnight sensation Welcome to Night Vale Cecil Palmer [Cecil Baldwin] the podcast’s narrator is never given a racial description. In a universe that contains five-headed dragons, floating cats, and people spontaneously turning into dark clouds fans took advantage of the virtually unlimited options of how to portray him in fanarts. As long as the basis was that he’s white…

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