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I've been reading up on Racefail '09, a task both fascinating and deeply painful. I would strongly recommend these articles, and all associated linked articles, to everyone. I sincerely hope your reaction will not be nearly as personally wracking as mine.

Go read. It's worth your time. Not necessarily good or bad, but worth it. No seriously, this shit matters:

Mary Anne Mohanraj Gets You Up to Speed, Part I
Mary Anne Mohanraj Gets You Up to Speed, Part II
Taking One for the Team: K. Tempest Bradford

And that's all I'm going to say on the subject. The whole thing makes me angry, and it makes me tired. Every time I try to put voice to my place within this debate, it comes out as nothing more than wrath and venom and unbridled rage. I can hardly look at it. The words crush my heart in my chest and steal the breath from me. It's physically painful to read, even when it's right on point and absolutely correct.

So I won't. I can't come from a place of contribution. So I'm going to shut up and point you to the people who are contributing. If you really really really need to know my actual thoughts on the matter, you'll have to get me very drunk first. Good luck with that.

Date: 2009-03-17 12:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kadaria.livejournal.com
I know this scares you but thank you for passing them on, I really enjoyed reading them and I hope to improve my writing through them.
I was also thinking about this lately because another SF/F head reccommended the Xenogenesis/Lilth's Brood series to me which she uses in a class she teaches on fiction writing, not just because it is an awesome SF series but because it's one of the few SF publications by an African American woman. Her class naturally struggles with themes of racism since they are predominantly middle to upper class white folk.

Tokenism and teaching aside, I devoured it and have been hunting for the rest of the series ever since (it's out of print). I was really excited to see the LJ on PoC writers and I hope to take that challenge this summer when I'm done reading all about cloning :P

Date: 2009-03-17 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] celebdu.livejournal.com
ok, it's weird periodically seeing links to kim's writing on my other friends' journals. Anyway, I have nothing to contribute to the conversation, except to say that kim (ktempest) is awesome in real life. :)

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