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Sun, May. 17th, 2009 09:51 pm
Race and Fandom

Do you assume all fans are white? How about the writers?

My co-authors and I tend to only talk about fiction in this journal. Even the personal things I do share, tend to be those that affect my writing. Before the whole racefail mess, [info]aveeno_baby and I never gave any thought to mentioning race in our journal (even though our new book, Faewolf, has a non-white main character). It made us realise that most our readers probably assume we are both white. [info]aveeno_baby, is, to quote her, "black and awesome." (I agree, esp about the awesome part.) We are both bisexual and have been pretty open about that, in part because we write queer-themed fiction.

A friend sent us information about the "Shatter the Silence" protest and, after talking it over, we have decided to post to both the original fiction and fan fiction journals on Monday. So add another FOC and one FOC-ally to the call to shatter the silence:







Please spread the word about this.

As RaceFail 09 continues, it has become clear that there are those who are hellbent on marginalizing and silencing people of color. In the past few months, minorities have been denigrated by bigoted authors and publishers who have also asserted that Fen of Color are rare and pratically non-existent. Despite numerous discussions and attempts to enlighten on the fact that POCs are fans, writers, artists and just as integral to this genre as our white counterparts, we are continuously dismissed.

On Monday May 18, 2009, we are asking anyone who identifies as a POC/non-white to post this banner, their speculative short stories, artwork, poetry or simply write a post on their favorite fandom on their blogs as an act of protest to show we will not be silent or invisible. The day of protest is entitled Fen Of Color United or more aptly, FOC_U.

White allies can also show solidarity for this event by posting this banner and expressing the need for diversity and speaking out against the bigotry in the genre, through posts and/or their creative work as well.

In addition, a new community entitled [info]foc_u has been created. It's designed to be a safespace for POCs/non-whites and white allies to discuss the issues pertaining to RaceFail and a place to counteract its destructive effects. And it's also a fun place for everyone to also discuss their favorite fandoms. While memberships and posts are under moderation for the time being (until the community gets more established and input is welcomed), everyone is encouraged to join and make this a home.

You can help out by spreading the word and reposting this banner on your personal blog or creating one of your own if you'd like.

The gauntlet's been thrown and I for one think it's past time for us to take a stand and let our voices be heard, whether some people want to hear them or not.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to stop by [info]foc_u.


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chitoko_kanzaki
chitoko_kanzaki
chitoko_kanzaki
Mon, May. 18th, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)

*tries to suppress fustration/anger*

Damnit, I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of "Race fail"... That shit had me about to riot last year... And the mumblings I'm catching from "09 Race fail" does not make me want to put the pitch-fork down any time soon. I try to pretened that Race fail doesn't exist every time I log into live journal... *wines* why did you bring it up agian?

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So um, "fen"? Definition please? And do I have to save and host it (the picture) myself? Or do you have the code all nice and cody for livejournal that I can copy and paste?


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slashpervert
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slashpervert
Mon, May. 18th, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)

If you go to the foc_u journal, they have code and links for you to use.

"Fen" is plural of "fan" -- Primarily used, to my knowledge, among science fiction and fantasy fandom groups. Which is where these debates have been playing out lately.


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cats_eye78
cats_eye78
cats_eye78
Mon, May. 18th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)

It never occurs to me to think about or care what race/religion/sexuality/whatever the people around me are. And I care even less, if it's possible, about those things in the writers I read. I'm just here to enjoy what they create. I've always thought racism was idiotic. I don't understand, and don't really want to, the mindset that different is bad. Without differences we'd just be boring. My grandmother summed it up perfectly to me when I was only eight years old "Racism is stupid. If you take off our skin we all look the same. We're pink and gooey!" That is a direct quote. She was awesome like that. :)


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allmuzedup
allmuzedup
allmuzedup
Mon, May. 18th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)

i agree with cats eye.. i never even thought about it, nor even really care. i just love the art for the fabulous gift it is. *hugs you*


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erised_06
erised_06
Wed, May. 20th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)

Wow, this is actually a bit eye opening to me. I never thought about this issue really. I am a black female and have been a fan fiction reader for about 5 years now. I must admit my ignorance, because a lot of times I have just assumed (we all know what that makes me...) that most of the authors of my favorite fics where white. I was shocked to learn that the majority of them were women a few years ago, and even more so to find out that I'm not alone being a Fen of color. Thanks for the post and putting a new wrinkle in my brain. I agree that racism is stupid, but unfortunately it is still an issue that we are forced to combat.


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rainbow_boy2
rainbow_boy2
rainbow_boy2
Mon, May. 25th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
Race& Fandom

Hi,Slash When I Read A Piece Of Fan Fiction I'm Not Sitting Around Wondering What Color The Writer May Be I Want To Enjoy The Story For What It Is If The Writing Is Good Then That Is All I Need To Know I Dont Know About Race Fail But I Do Think The People In That Group Should Go Back And Re-Read The Books Again I Think They May Have Missed A Few Crucial Lessons So As a Proud Black GaY Disabled Man I Say Dont Let Any One Run You Off Stay Humam & Peace RB


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