It all comes back round againMay 11, 2009
The comment which I linked that quote from? It’s what I call blathering. It’s not uncommon when people are having their privileged and poor behavior pointed out to them, after all, they have no social framework of how to deal with it– the cognitive dissonance of having their “lessers” correct them, often leads down sadly predictable paths of defensiveness.
You can see it’s blathering because it jumps from topic to topic without making a point at all along the way, and the statements made, are made without thought about what is being said.
I could pull dozens of links, but I’ll just pick a few that are easily at hand for me:
“For the last time, just because it is not happening in full view of white people does not mean that it is not happening. I am so tired of dealing with this attitude that wanting sci-fi to represent and respect the reality of life as a person of color is somehow asking too much. Especially when the reaction from white authors who are told “Hey you’re doing it wrong” is to say “Well then I won’t do it at all” like we’re supposed to be a-okay with being erased, ignored, or misrepresented just to get a few crumbs from the table.”
“Dragons are not universal. If I am defensive, it is because I have had to learn how to love Tolkein while trying to find myself in the unmapped lands in the East where the Green and Blue wizards disappeared to.”
(I’ll probably come back to this post to add more links, because really)