On cultural appropriation, apathy, and the whole mess
I haven't spoken up on this whole mess for a few reasons:
1. I thought enough white people were speaking up, many of whom had more intelligent things to say than I would.
2. I was heartsick.
3. So much of what I had to say was "me, too!" And there's already a TON to read out there.
But then I read Tempest's and other's posts and they sorta broke my heart and so I feel I must speak up. But I will be very brief.
Two things I wish white people would keep in mind during these discussions/ arguments/ knock-down-drag-outs:
- We are, especially in fandom, an overwhelming sea of whiteness. We are everywhere. We vastly outnumber POC. This is very, very important to keep in mind. Have you ever been in a situation where you were so outnumbered? Many white people haven't, at least not racially. In other ways, maybe? Do you remember what it felt like?
- You are white, and pretending otherwise is pretty horrible. It's incredibly dismissive of the experience of POC. I don't care if your great-great grandma was Cherokee (why is it always Cherokee?). I don't care if you were a horribly outcast nerd or raised by wolves or use a wheelchair or were really poor. You were, in all of these cases, a WHITE poverty-stricken outcast nerd in a wheelchair who was raised by wolves. Acknowledge who you are. Do not deny.
The Whitest Honkey this side of Crackertown you bet your bippy