Originally Posted by TenTigerLilies
Why is race such an affair in cosplay? etc etc etc.
Here's the short version of an answer: because cosplay does not exist in a vaccuum.
Cosplay exists in the real world, and in the real world, you have to deal with history and racism and people's feelings. You can be green because real martians have not spent a large chunk of history being discriminated against by humans. Real people of colour have been by whites. You can't treat someone's race as a costume to put on for fun and think that no one will have a problem with that. Like Sam said, go re-read the responses to your other thread.