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Yhishara Cerise

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  1. Thank you to all the people that responded to my question. I appreciated all the responses. I have asked that the thread be locked now.
  2. People like that are not worth your time. I have been accused of that a few times in the past. My response to them is "If I am guy, then the PMS I have suffered is a very cruel joke...."
  3. The question about the skin tone is for everyone to answer. I know that the skin quality over all has gotten better (and after 17 years I should hope so! lol) but has it gotten better for everyone?
  4. Though you directed your question to me I have to say that I am not in the position to answer you. We are talking about racism and such a topic as "black fishing" falls into the same category as cultural appropriation. I am not the one that will be negatively affected by it since I am white both in world and in reality. In other words - I have no pony in this race like others do who are in a much better position to answer you on how they view it. Having said that I will try to clarify some of your other concerns. I am a staff writer for the Best of Second Life magazine. If you check out my in world profile (I use the same name there as here on the forums) you will find that my groups are not hidden, so you can confirm it if you like. The articles I do are either one-on-one interviews or on topics that require research from many different sources. For this particular article I wanted it from specifically a Second Life perspective because it is for an in-world publication. Real world racism happens - but many may think that being in a virtual setting such as Second Life people wouldn't have to deal with it. But they do my main goal is finding out in what ways it happens here. Since there is no resource to draw from except talking to Linden Labs directly - which will only yield limited information (if any, since they don't share AR report statistics) the only other alternative was to ask Second Life residents for their experiences. So I really am doing research for an article I am writing The questions I have asked are by no means exhaustive - think of them more as a starting off place - to get people thinking. I'm sure I will ask many more before I stop visiting this thread at the end of the month. I think you raised valid points about the black-fishing by the way. I hope others will chime in on that issue. I appreciate what everyone has shared so far. I put in a deadline because I need time to write it before my own deadline in mid July. And a week should be enough time for those interested to respond.
  5. This is not the first thread where someone has brought up the skin tone issues. Has it gotten better? What ways could they improve it? I don't think it makes you racist to want darker skin tones. We all have visions for what we want our avatar to look like, and it is frustrating when you can't find what you want when it is a basic item such as a skin.
  6. I once dealt with an extreme narcissist. Sometimes I wish he had just punched me - it would have hurt far less than the other abuses he put me through. I would also have recovered from them sooner.
  7. That could be both good and bad though. I am white in reality and I play a pale skinned avatar. But if I did play a darker skinned avatar and was treated badly for it then it might give me an experience to draw from when talking to people that actually have experienced it in real life. And I have heard it explained that at the end of the day - it is offensive to some because if I did that, I could just go back to my pale skin look if it got too uncomfortable. Those in reality cant' do that. But I think the experience would be invaluable to understanding this issue from the "other side". Might open some eyes to the harsh reality of racism.
  8. When people take part in a massive in world event (such as the SL Birthday event) where there are a huge number of stores, so a high number of avatars and they create mini stores with many items for sale in a wide variety of colors, and decorative items. To make it worse, the sim builders load it down with a huge amount of plants, trees, moving objects, water features. Each one on it's own doesn't add much - but taken all together it's a slideshow. I appreciate the work they do on these things - and I do enjoy going to them (even with the lag). So I don't want to come across as being unappreciative. I just don't appreciate the lag feature that is included with them lol
  9. So I guess that's another question - were people hurt just as much dealing with racist residents here as they would be if the same thing happened to them in reality? I mean part of it may be physical in reality but emotional scars can be left behind that might be much harder to deal with.
  10. Thank you. No, not stories based on roleplay. I am looking specifically for people just randomly going about their day and getting into a situation with another resident that was racist towards them - completely out of character. In character racism (while I do have a problem with that) is mutual - both parties signed up for it and know what is going to happen in advance. They know what to expect and that is (for some reason) what they want to experience. This is for people that didn't expect it - it could be in a group when they are asking for help, experiences while shopping, rezzing into a sim and seeing racist items... things like that. These are the things they didn't sign up for. I will put the avatars you mentioned on my list of contacts. Thank you. I don't see the problem as non-existant. It is definitely there. Due to limited words, I am leaving my search specifically to Second Life and what it's residents have experience. But I will look into those sources as well.
  11. I checked the community guidelines and there doesn't seem to be any rule against what I am about to ask. In reality we have so many examples and organizations we can draw on for information about this particular sensitive issue but in Second Life, there isn't a public record. All we can do is submit individual reports that something happened. We never know whether or not any action was taken. However, in order to fill out that report, we have to be there to witness it as incidences of it unfold. But once the moment is gone - it's gone. The issue I am talking about is racism in Second Life. With all the things that are happening in the real world, the conversation is a very relevant one and I know racist things have happened in world. I have done a bit of reading on it already here. There were past threads and posts that dated back several years. Recent threads and their responses are more dealing with real life events than things happening in Second Life itself. I am doing research on this because I want to write an article on it as it refers to the experience Second Life avatars have while logged in. If you would like to share your story, please send me an instant message here on these forums. There are a few ground rules though. 1) Please don't name names. Naming an avatar is against the forum guidelines. Naming a group or sim would be irrelevant and most have rules forbidding that kind of behaviour anyway (though it still happens). 2) I want this thread to be safe for people that want to share. Commentary on the posts aren't really necessary. If negative or opposing comments are made please follow the "be nice, be respectful" rule. Mostly I am looking for individual experiences of racism in Second Life towards darker skinned avatars and trying to find common experiences among them. The important things I want to know about are: What form did the racism take? Were the tools Linden Labs supplies to deal with incidents of this nature sufficient? Did you have support from other residents, sim owners/managers and group csr's? Did it only happen in Second Life or did it carry over onto your social media? What would you like to see done to support anti racist efforts in Second Life? If you have been a victim of racism in reality, were the feelings you experienced the same or different when you experienced in Second Life. The deadline is June 30, 2020. In advance, thank you to everyone that responds.
  12. I think - at least I hope - that people are playing what avatars they want to play. So I don't think about it as there is no lack of choice in avatars. If people don't want to be human they can easily choose to play as something else. We are not forced to be (or stay) human avatars.
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