Mar. 10th, 2009

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I first started hearing about RaceFail 2009 through posts from [ profile] rosefox, and seeing other links about it through [ profile] shadesong. I've barely dipped my toe in, as far as the number of posts there are to read. [ profile] dianthus has also posted links, and mentioned seeing very little on her friends list about this as well.

My silence on the matter up until this point has been composed of two pieces: awareness of how little I know when it comes to facing and discussing racism, and fear of doing it wrong.

The home I grew up in included the adults around me using racist terms and slurs. I've excused this in the past as, Oh, my father is an equal opportunity racist, because he uses slur words for everyone, including the race/culture/gender/etc he identifies as. I work to not repeat those words, and I work to be aware, but I know there are vast gaps in my knowledge base.

I hate confrontation, and will go out of my way to avoid it. This ties into the fear that if I get talking about this wrong, then I'll be confronted about it.

However, i hate being ignorant and letting fear rule me more than anything else. So I have been reading posts on RaceFail itself, when and as I can. Beyond that, I've been focusing on reading and thinking about various Racism 101 articles and posts that people have been linking to. It's my responsibility to educate myself, and I want to share what I've been finding with my friends list. I will periodically be updating this post with other links that speak to me.

The first link is White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh. It gave me a good place to start examining what privilege means, how it is used in discussions on racism. It made me start thinking about and really seeing some of the ways that I am privileged.

The second is IBARW: Your Science Fiction Twin by [ profile] rydra_wong. This one is an excellent thought experiment for taking a deeper and more personal look at what I face as a privileged person.

The third is "Check my what?" On privilege and what we can do about it by Andrea Rubenstein. I'd almost call this one a 102, and highly recommend you look at the first one I linked to before this one. It's an excellent resource and is helping me wrap my head around not only more of my blind spots on racism and ways I could talk about it, but how to actually discuss sexism with Sar. (We've tried, it goes badly, despite both of us identifying as feminist in our outlooks.)

I'm willing to learn, and I'm willing to get this wrong, and to keep trying.


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