Hi, so I'm a white author who likes to add in as much diversity as I can. I don't think I go out of my way to add diversity just for the sake of having an "accepting" tone, every character is an important part of the story, and how they look is sometimes important, sometimes not. One thing I've read frequently when going over advice for white authors writing POC characters (and the tumblr/blog writingwithcolor is certainly one of those sources) is to not write about the issues surrounding those characters that have to do with race. Let me elaborate: don't try to put your opinion about race into those characters' mouths unless you yourself have experienced those issues. <- what I've learned so far from my research. So keeping that in mind, I've been writing a main character from a small village on the side of a river in fictionalized Australia. The village is known as Nef, in the region of Ndun, and there's only about 300 people living there. Most people who live there are poor, and since it's so small everyone stereotypes them as marrying each other's cousins, or being illiterate, or having weird accents (the weird accents are because people from all regions pass through the river, bringing with them their own personal slang or way of talking). Now my character actually can't read, and this becomes an issue later as he signs a contract without having read it. Now as I was writing this story, I hadn't had a clear description in my head for this character except that he wears glasses, and maybe has red hair. But as I was researching Australia, I started learning about the indigenous people there, the Aboriginal and the Torres Strait Islander people, and I thought it would be nice to have the main character, the only person who's actually from Australia in the entire book, be native to Australia. But then I realized, I've weighed him down with these bad images, of being poor and illiterate (not that those things define him, but other people in the story certainly like to think they define him), without thinking about what he would look like or what his ethnicity would be. I don't want to be one more voice stereotyping the indigenous people of Australia to be poor or illiterate or stupid, and I'm very concerned that I've accidentally done this. So if anyone has any words of wisdom for me, I'd love to hear it. I'll change his character in a trice if you think that's what I should do. Thanks in advance.