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March 9th, 2009
11:49 pm


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Because I said I would give more context

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Date:March 10th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
Of course it is humanity, but SF is a part of that and isn't free from the same problems. In particular, this ongoing discussion is demonstrating that many within the professional SF community have difficulties dealing with race and that SF as a genre isn't as progressive as it seems to think it is.

My point is supported by these posts, and my point is this:

These people have opinions that they feel an undeniable need to express, and those opinions ultimately have nothing to do with whether or not there exists a problem of racism within the science fiction community as a whole. Those opinions are personal. I do not place any less value on them, but I think the context for them is misplaced.

I disagree. Those posts were created as a result of these people feeling unwelcome in the SF community (in general and because of the actions of some SF professionals). The context is very much appropriate as it is the direct cause. All of those authors talk about race regularly, across a wide variety of subjects, this isn't them finding an excuse to share their feelings. Furthermore, they were just a cherry pick of the many, many posts by fans of colour about feeling unwelcome in SF and the hundreds of comments that they have received demonstrate that they are far from the only ones.

And it's not just the fans. Writers of colour are also affected.
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