It’s a question of power and privilege. Most white people grow up thinking they have free range in everything from the political to the personal. People of color in Europe, Australia, and North America (and women everywhere), do not grow up learning these things. We learn to BE colonized. We learn, through history lessons from our colonizer’s textbooks, that we are not the invadERS, we are the invadED. People of color know more about white people than we know about ourselves and one other because everything we are taught in the schools is by and about white people. Everything we see on television is by and about white people. Everything in magazines, on film, in books and on book covers is created by and about white people. Writers of color in the west almost always have white people in our books because that is what we know; it’s what is all around us.
I don't see how Meminger's conclusion follows from the statement above. White people need to turn outward...so they should continue writing only about the subjects they're familiar with and nothing else. Huh?
Making a political choice
"In fact, if my comic is successful, I can hire Native writers and artists to produce more of my comics. Or help them produce and publish their comics."
I'm sure someone could dispute my counterargument...but Meminger hasn't done it. Her presumption is that white authors who write about people of color are co-opting minority authors. That may be true in some cases, but it isn't in others.
For more on the subject, see Rob the Presumptuous White Man?
Below: White- and Native-made comics about Natives.