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Mar. 12th, 2009 08:44 am
theotherbaldwin: (hmm)
What Nick said.

ETA: Especially

"The reason it’s called RaceFail ’09 is to distinguish it from the one last year, the one in ’06, and the smaller blow-ups that have happened in-between. Something that you’ll see a lot in the earlier posts this go-round is some variation on the Cylon Clause: All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again. All of this will happen again—do please lift a hand if that doesn’t fill you with horror.

If the Fail is happening anyway—if havoc is already being wrecked in the hearts of authors and fans of color, if people who shouldn’t be driven out are already being driven out (or at least too damn close to out)—then I kind of want it to impinge on the space of as many white fans and authors as is humanly possible. Yes, it IS too high a price for mere education, but if the price is being paid regardless, let’s goddamn GET something for it. The more clueless-but-well-meaning white folk (I firmly include myself in this category) see the hurt being caused and start reading, thinking, and trying to understand the things being said by the myriad brilliant fans/authors/theorists of color (and allies!) involved here, the more likely it is that something will have changed by the time the next high-profile racial screw-up rolls ‘round. "
theotherbaldwin: (stop right there)
What is RaceFail '09? [livejournal.com profile] daedala provided the shortest summary of RaceFail '09 here and it is as followed:
1. Elizabeth Bear writes a post about "how to write the Other"
2. Avalon's Willow critiques one of her books on racial tropes
3. Bear agrees unequivocally in writing
4. Commenters defend Bear in increasingly racist language.
5. Massive fail all over the internet.
6. Bear says that she was lying in 3. in order to model appropriate conversation.
But [livejournal.com profile] daedala's summary barely scratches the surface. Here are other more detailed, but still brief summaries of events:

» A reader's digest of RaceFail '09 by [livejournal.com profile] white_serpent, which [livejournal.com profile] dmarley kindly provided some contexts here.
» A summary of RaceFail '09 by [livejournal.com profile] withdiamonds.
» A Timeline (of the Great Cultural Appropriation Debate of Doom '09) (a summary of the beginning of RaceFail '09) by Willow.
» Because "tl;dr" shouldn't be an excuse (a summary of the middle and later part of RaceFail '09) by [livejournal.com profile] rydra_wong.
» Endangering somebody is okay when you do it under your real name (a summary of later events of RaceFail '09) @ unfunnybusiness.
» Racefail09: Just This (a summary of the beginning and later part of RaceFail '09) by [livejournal.com profile] mpoetess.

And here are a few longer overviews:

» A themed summary of RaceFail ‘09 in large friendly letters for those who think race discussions are hard by Ann Somerville.
» O HAI RACEFAILZ: Notes on Reading an Internet Conflict by [livejournal.com profile] tablesaw.
» I have stayed quiet about something for too long, and I am ashamed by [livejournal.com profile] popelizbet.

For a comprehensive overview though, [livejournal.com profile] rydra_wong has provided an almost chronological link list here and you could follow the discussion at her gcadod 09 tag. And among the many, many people who have spoken up about RaceFail '09 are [livejournal.com profile] asim, [livejournal.com profile] bossymarmalade, [livejournal.com profile] ciderpress, [livejournal.com profile] coffeeandink, [livejournal.com profile] deepad, [livejournal.com profile] helsmeta, [livejournal.com profile] inalasahl, [livejournal.com profile] nojojojo, [livejournal.com profile] oyceter, Seeking Avalon's Willow, [livejournal.com profile] shewhohashope, [livejournal.com profile] sparkymonster, [livejournal.com profile] spiralsheep, [livejournal.com profile] vito_excalibur, [livejournal.com profile] vom_marlowe, [livejournal.com profile] yeloson and [livejournal.com profile] zvi_likes_tv.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wistfuljane for providing the code.

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