So, I’m sorry if this is out of scope for these forums, but this is the only community in which I’d feel comfortable enough to discuss the following.
I’ve always wanted to write fiction and lately I’ve started writing stories as a way to process the state of the world (particularly regarding what feels like the recent resurgence of fascism and white supremacy) as well as outlining the ways in which marginalized groups can take action against institutionalized modes of oppression. As a person with a disability, particularly one stemming from a genetic disorder, I feel as though I have some skin in the game when you consider what far-right movements have done to people like me historically. However, I’m also a straight, white, cis dude from a middle class family in rural Canada, so to what degree is me writing about fascism, which envelops things like racism and colonialism – things I have in no way experienced – me co-opting the narratives of groups I’m not a part of? At what point is my perceived we’re-in-this-togetherness with other marginalized groups unwelcome or actively harmful?
More broadly, what considerations do you take when creating explicitly political art, whether that art be stories, games, music, etc?