Don't worry, I'll keep this clean. It's not about racism. Well, depending on how you look at it, it could be. Anyhooz, here's the issue that I severely need help with: Should I include phrases that specify a person's race when describing them (i.e. "Matt was a tall, Caucasian youth with..." and "Dionte was a muscluar African-American who...") and is it appropriate to say "black guy" as a description? I'm bringing up this issue because, whenever I first read a character, I automatically assume (unless specified otherwise) that he or she is white. Now, before you start throwing torches at me, consider this: isn't it less racist to not even care what a character's skin color is and leave out the specification? This way, the interpretation (unless specified by the author) is left entirely up to the reader. A young black boy reads "Peter Parker" for the first time, doesn't know about the difference in skin color, and assumes that Peter is black (or not, depending on the little boy). Is ignorance bliss in this regard? Please help me! I need your consideration! But, please, no racism outcries or accusations. I'm simply on the quest to understanding, not prejudice.