January 21st, 2009


from the inside out.

So, I wasn't going to talk about the latest storm about race and appropriation that's flooding through fandom. Then I realized that, actually, I do have some things to say about it (other than "oh God, I wish I never had to see people I thought were cool like Emma Bull and Patrick Nielsen-Hayden saying such things"), so I might as well speak up.

I. This is the crux of what disturbs me: to any white observer (and some of color) who is not educated in anti-racist thought, this whole mess will look like a bunch of well-intentioned white writers reaching out a hand to the dangerous, scary community of color and getting it bitten off. Collapse )

II. The flagship post of this round of discussion seems to have emerged as deepad's post here. It's an interesting post, and if you're interested in the way being from a marginalized race and culture affect one's lenses on fiction, it's worth a read.

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III. For a while I've been tossing back and forth in my head some of my ideas on what I think of as the marked and unmarked case (although most people know that as a linguistics term so it may not be the most helpful explanation). I'm not going to try to get it all out here, but I think I should touch on it.

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IV. This post is fascinating to me, and at some point I might want to discuss the idea of liminal minorities. But since I know I'd wind up reframing the discussion to be at least partially about issues that affect me--that is to say, not race--I'm going to wait on it for now.