Maya Ivy Evans | Sixteen | FC: Victoria Justice
- Birthday: Up to RP’er
- Biography: Up to RP’er
So is this Sam’s kid from a previous relationship/adopted? Because this FC has no African ancestry and, FYI, Mercedes is black…
Actually, she does. She is part Puerto Rican. Her mother is. And since I’m half Puerto Rican myself, I know for a fact she has African ancestry. The Puerto Ricans came from the Spaniards, Tainos (Native Americans), and the Africans. Yes, her father is German, Irish, and French, but that doesn’t take away from her African ancestry. Just because you don’t see it on the outside, doesn’t mean it ain’t there. Also Mercedes (Amber Riley) may be African American, but I bet if you trace her bloodline, there maybe other ethnicities involved. Because if you are an African American born in the US, you got other mixtures somewhere deep down inside. My other half is AA, but my great great great great… Grandfather is actually European (white). I also have Blackfoot Indian in my fam too. DNA is weird and if you mix a whole lot of ethnicities together, you come out with something you least expect.
Well, technically, we all “have” African ancestry since humanity began there; and I know very well how mixed up people of African descent in the Americas can be. So, I didn’t know Victoria Justice is half Puerto Rican (or a quarter, since I don’t know her mother’s racial background within her Puerto Rican heritage); but unless her mother is a Puerto Rican with recent African ancestry, my point will stand - which is Mercedes’ kids are still being whitewashed in this fandom on a consistent basis. And while I know children of racially mixed unions can come in all shades, this fandom isn’t nearly that nuanced or considerate on how to actually blend these various racial/ethnic/religious considerations into these next gen rpgs. That is my issue. If I thought a rper would play these white-presenting children with care and consideration of their blended backgrounds, I wouldn’t be nearly as annoyed by the consistent brightening/erasure of obvious African ancestry in Mercedes’ kids.