Hey guys this might seem like an odd question but it's one that I've been asking myself. I'm black and notice that most black authors tend to make their main characters black as well. This isn't necessarily limited to black authors as authors of other races tend to make their characters reflect their respective races.
My problem is that I don't really want my character to be representative of any particular race, however, I know that readers like their main characters to be described as it helps them envision and feel for the character more.
So is it necessary to make the character a particular race, and is it necessary to describe your character all that much?
If anyone can voice their opinion on this it would be greatly appreciated.