If we truly seek diversity in fiction, we have to let the needs of others come before our need to define ourselves as social justice allies.
For me putting the needs of others first is how social justice should work.
But oftentimes there’s a need to align ourselves on one side, to appear a certain way to the public. For some appearing as a social justice advocate takes precedence over doing anything for justice.
I like to hope fiction will be more diverse in the future. But I hope diversity doesn’t stop there. It needs to happen in real life as well. Social justice issues mainly plague minorities, individuals and groups different from the majority.
Fighting for social justice then allows for greater diversity in fiction and in life.