Fear of Fucking Up: Not Actually A Good Excuse For Erasing Characters of Color

Recently, there’s been a spate of fannish and original writers claiming that they’re so afraid of negative reception and responses from people of color, that they refrain from writing characters of color in their works.

The point of this very pointed post is to push back at the idea that a fear of writing characters of color in respectful ways is natural and should continue unchallenged. If you can research vampires to undeath and analyze minor white characters’ behavior until you can write them perfectly, why aren’t you doing the same for characters of color. 

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people who come to this country and find a job right away and continue working despite the language barrier while enduring ignorant customers who mock their accents aren’t “immigrants”,,.. they’re superheroes with superpowers and they deserve all the respect in the world for taking on a challenge half of Americans wouldn’t even consider taking

in the last couple weeks I’ve seen so many posts mocking men who are upset about a lack of fully developed men in Ghostbusters and the response is always “now you understand how women feel all the time”

this is a pretty common argument in regards to ‘feminist’ media - women spend so much time existing in media as only a love interest, as only a shallow stereotype, as something that doesn’t have as much substance as the men around them

and so it’s really nice to turn something on and see a woman in charge and kicking ass and taking names and whatever else

however, this argument comes 99% of the time from white women.

white women say “now men understand how we feel all the time” and they don’t get that the only men who now ‘understand’ how they feel are…white men.

you know who else has shitty representation? men of color.

if a work of fiction is focused on men, it tends to lack people of color and women generally and if it’s focused on women it tends to lack people of color and specifically women of color

conversations about feminist media tend to focus on how if women of color aren’t fairly represented the work should not be called feminist, and I fully stand by that. if a show has a strong woman and that woman is white, it doesn’t do anything to bring the more vulnerable members of society into it and it ends up hurting us more than helping. women of color are twice fucked over in all arenas because white men don’t put us in their work except as stereotypes and white women want us to wait our turn for our representation because #girlpower is more important than diversity

but even in work that focuses on men, white women are more likely to be represented than non-white men are. and sure, the female characters tend to deal with sexism from the writing and from the fans, but the men of color are also dealing with racism from the writing and the fans and mainstream feminism will ignore it because seeing women as a class opposed to men doesn’t look at the nuances in representation based on race

white women complain about a lack of agency in media and forget that men of color rarely have agency in their stories. that’s why something can be called a feminist victory for passing the straight-washed Bechtel test while simultaneously being racist - even by virtue of how the non-white characters are treated (and not considering how erasing women of color is automatically racist)

“men now understand how we feel” is a lazy argument that lumps white men with men of color, even though men of color understand what it’s like to turn on the tv and see themselves only as a lazy stereotype that only gets focus for a special episode or to support the white lead (be that lead a man or a woman)

or as was pointed out to me by one of my brothers, “I nearly started crying while watching a Roots music video because it had a black character in a zombie apocalypse” 

but yeah sure, ‘men’ get all of the good representation.

The nasty comments about Leslie Jones make me want to cry. She is only receiving that hate because she is a black woman allowed to shine in something that had previously been predominantly for white consumption. The people tweeting that racist nonsense at her are insignificant, pathetic excuses for people. I wonder how people reacted when the first movie came out and a black man was introduced…

'Genocide still exists': Community members rally against deaths of Indigenous inmates
Many were there to protest the death of Bradley Errol Green, 26, who died in the Winnipeg Remand Centre

As members of Winnipeg’s Indigenous community gathered around the Law Courts Building on Saturday, a woman stepped before the crowd, megaphone in hand.

“Genocide still exists,” she said.

“It’s real.”

All of them were there to protest the death of Bradley Errol Green, 26. The man died while he was an inmate in the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

The woman compared Green to black men throughout the United States, who’ve allegedly died at the hands of police.

“He had a seizure … instead of responding as you think they would, [Winnipeg Remand Centre staff] locked him in his cell,” a man told the crowd, which continued to grow as he spoke.

“He was on his call button trying to get help and then he went into a second seizure.”

Both Green’s wife, Rochelle Pranteau, and a fellow inmate told CBC News that Green had asked for his epilepsy medication for three days. That request was denied.

“A simple solution cost this man his life, cost his kids their dad. We’re here for answers. We’re here for justice,” the man said, speaking on behalf of Green’s family.

The gathering marked the third time those who knew Green have publicly protested his death, and, according to his aunt, it will not be the last.

“We will be out there demanding answers and we will not go away,” she said.

According to her, the next rally will be held in front of the Manitoba Legislative Building. As she spoke about it, sorrow appeared to overshadow anger at the death of the young man.

“These are people that were loved,” she said.

“They’re human beings and for them to be treated like that, it’s just not …” her voice trailed off, leaving her unable to finish the sentence.

Before walking away, she acknowledged that the public may not empathize with her nephew or others that die as inmates.

“I know that they broke the law,” she said.

“But that still doesn’t mean that they had to die.”

To the white people who occasionally show up on this page, why do you feel the need to leave unnecessary comments on posts concerning issues among black women? We don’t care about what you think is right for us, considering you are not one of us, and therefore do not have the experience or expertise to offer any good advice. I know that there are some who are genuinely interested in our experiences and want to learn how different it can be for us.That is what is to be gained from this. The best way to understand a new perspective is to sit back and listen, not chime in with what you believe is true of something you will never know. You are only reinforcing negative behavior when you ignore the testaments of people telling their stories while deriding and belittling them for speaking out, as is sadly done with publicized black experiences.
Before you whine about freedom of speech, remember this is a safe space for black women and really, and while you do have the option to comment, think if you really SHOULD comment, thank you.

Thousands of Bernie Sanders Supporters Are Suing the DNC in a Massive Class Action Lawsuit
It's on.

Millions of Bernie Sanders’ donors may now have legal recourse against the Democratic primaries they saw as rigged.

Beck & Lee Trial Lawyers, a civil litigation firm based in Miami, Florida, is announcing the filing of a class action lawsuit against the DNC early next week, alleging fraud and collusion with the Hillary Clinton campaign. While roughly one hundred people have officially signed on as plaintiffs, partner Jared Beck told US Uncut that thousands of requests for legal paperwork have come in within the last 48 hours.

“Signed agreements are coming in steadily and we continue to get new requests by the minute,” Beck said.


Dear white people:

Yes, you can wear dreads; it’s totally fine. If anyone tells you otherwise, fuck them and keep on doing you. Their opinion doesn’t matter when it comes to your appearance.

No, you don’t have to atone for the sins of your forefathers, even if they happened to be racist assholes. Are you a racist asshole? No? Then you’ve got nothing to apologize for.

Don’t allow non-white people to be racist to you because of that “power+prejudice” bullshit. Racism is racism, regardless of where it comes from, and who recieves it. Non-white people don’t get a free pass.

You are more than free to be proud of your heritage, the same as anyone of any other race is allowed to. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t; they can go fuck themselves.