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15 May 2009 @ 12:00 am



Please spread the word about this.

As RaceFail 09 continues, it has become clear that there are those who are hellbent on marginalizing and silencing people of color. In the past few months, minorities have been denigrated by bigoted authors and publishers who have also asserted that Fen of Color are rare and pratically non-existent. Despite numerous discussions and attempts to enlighten on the fact that POCs are fans, writers, artists and just as integral to this genre as our white counterparts, we are continuously dismissed.

On Monday May 18, 2009, we are asking anyone who identifies as a POC/non-white to post this banner, their speculative short stories, artwork, poetry or simply write a post on their favorite fandom on their blogs as an act of protest to show we will not be silent or invisible. The day of protest is entitled Fen Of Color United or more aptly, FOC_U.

White allies can also show solidarity for this event by posting this banner and expressing the need for diversity  and speaking out against the bigotry in the genre, through posts and/or their creative work as well.

In addition, a new community entitled FOC_U has been created. It's designed to be  a safespace for POCs/non-whites and white allies to discuss the issues pertaining to RaceFail and a place to counteract its destructive effects. And it's also a fun place for everyone to also discuss their favorite fandoms. While memberships and posts are under moderation for the time being (until the community gets more established and input is welcomed), everyone is encouraged to join and make this a home.

You can help out by spreading the word and reposting this banner on your personal blog or creating one of your own if you'd like.

The gauntlet's been thrown and I for one think it's past time for us to take a stand and let our voices be heard, whether some people want to hear them or not.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact me personally or stop by FOC_U.

Ellen likes to arguelogicalargument on May 15th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
Hmmm, should there possibly be a separate "white allies" space? I've seen a warning posted somewhere that it would be an act of derailing for whites to join anything for "Fen of Color."
Neo_Prodigyneo_prodigy on May 15th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
I can't speak for other FEN communities but white allies are more than welcome here as long as they (and for that matter everyone else) understand the shorthand of what this community is about.
(no subject) - dagbrown on May 19th, 2009 05:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
Shadow Greentrees/Sabersinger aka Joyce Chng: Bene Gesseritjolantru on May 15th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
Mind if I link this on my LJ? :)
Neo_Prodigyneo_prodigy on May 15th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
By all means please do.
The Original Mary Sue (accept no substitutes)wondersheep on May 15th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
I am not Photoshop savvy, is there a way we could get a banner that fits in the frames? It's broken on this page, for example.
Humph: spiralsheep Winifred Nicholson Gatespiralsheep on May 15th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, because I suspect "breaking" people's friends page styles with a "spam" image of 280kb+ would cause considerable unnecessary wank. I've seen, somewhat understandable, bad reactions to that sort of thing before.
(no subject) - neo_prodigy on May 15th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - spiralsheep on May 15th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - neo_prodigy on May 15th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Katekate_nepveu on May 15th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
I will post to fight_derailing tonight, unless someone beats me to it. (I don't post from work.)
Neo_Prodigy: BSGneo_prodigy on May 15th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Good grief, it's a running gag: demon hunters against racism (Angel)lady_ganesh on May 15th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
I will repeat my comment from the post that linked me here: I think this is the best comm name pretty much ever.

And I have requested to join as a Pasty White Fan of Pallor.

Edited at 2009-05-15 04:30 pm (UTC)
Neo_Prodigy: Puppet Angelneo_prodigy on May 15th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you and serious icon love.
(no subject) - lady_ganesh on May 16th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - neo_prodigy on May 16th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
Doctor Eondoctoreon on May 15th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
I reposted this with a text block with the code on my lj, in case anyone just wants to cut and paste.
coffeehousecoffeehouse on May 15th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you for doing that. I copy and pasted to my LJ.
(no subject) - doctoreon on May 15th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Neo_Prodigy: applauseneo_prodigy on May 15th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
KMDkeeni84 on May 15th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Are we going to have a huge link-fest of all the people who are participating?

I'm really excited and am probably going to crank out a story specifically for this.

Neo_Prodigyneo_prodigy on May 15th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about that. I'm thinking everyone cross post their stuff here and we can compile an epic mega post. What do you think?

I'm at work on my lunch break right now but I'm going to do an update post as soon as I get off from work. That and catch up on comments. ;D
(no subject) - keeni84 on May 15th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - malfeasanceses on May 15th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
In a heaven of people only some want to flychipmunk_planet on May 15th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
I just have to say that your header is absolutely beautiful.
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Neo_Prodigy: applauseneo_prodigy on May 15th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
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chuckrunner on May 15th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
A fen of color
Feel free to move this where you need to:

I'm 45 and I've been reading Science Fiction since I was 10. When I last bothered to check in the 1990's I had wracked up over 4,000 novels read. As a teen I read a novel a day through the week from 12 to 17, on the weekends I would roam over a 40 block area of downtown Philadelphia buying books from used book stores in the city's back alleys and unaircondintioned walk ups. In college my reading reduced to 3 novels a week, but I kept reading Scifi.

I remember the joy when I read "The Janus Syndrome" the first novel I read with a black protagonist: Kevin Tamarii. He even got the hot white girl.

To be dismissed by those who owe their income to me is infuriating.
Neo_Prodigy: angelneo_prodigy on May 16th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
Re: A fen of color
Thank you for sharing your story.
*: Firefly/ powerlines in our bloodlinesmalfeasanceses on May 15th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
This is great! :)
Neo_Prodigy: Capneo_prodigy on May 16th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
J.J.: psycho samurai champlooidhren24 on May 15th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Pallid swamp goblin auxiliary here wondering if anyone's organizing a branch or parallel effort over at DW. Also, the FOC_U icon above is amazing, as is terajjin's banner below.
Neo_Prodigy: Obamaneo_prodigy on May 15th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

To my knowledge no one is. While I stated this protest is for anyone's blog and is by no means limited to LJ, some may think that this is only an LJ event. I do know that there many members who have multiple accounts, LJ, Blogger, DW, Myspace, etc.

By all means, spread the word on the DW front and organize a parallel effort. If you need any help or have any ideas, please let me know.

(no subject) - idhren24 on May 18th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - keeni84 on May 16th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - idhren24 on May 18th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
lamardeuse: Obama 3Dlamardeuse on May 16th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Just dropping by to say: this is amazing, and I have posted to promote the comm. :)
Neo_Prodigy: beach bwneo_prodigy on May 16th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Awesome and thank you so very much.
foxraferfoxrafer on May 16th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
This is a great idea. Even if I can't think of anything to post myself, I'll definitely be putting the graphic up.
Neo_Prodigyneo_prodigy on May 16th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
That in itself is awesome. Thanks. ;D
dmatkinsdmatkins on May 17th, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)
Hi. Just to add our support...

I and my co-author, Chris Taylor, just had our first fantasy novel published, Faewolf. We have also co-authored nine novel/novella length fan fiction works in HP fandom as slashpervert and aveeno_baby. We have been writing together for more than two and half years.

Before the whole racefail mess, we never gave any thought to mentioning race in our journal (even though our new book has a non-white main character). It made us realise that most our readers probably assume we are both white. My co-author, is, to quote her, "black and awesome." (I agree, esp about the awesome part.) We are both bisexual and have been pretty open about that, in part because we write queer-themed fiction.

A friend sent us to this journal. After talking it over, we have decided to post to both the original fiction and fan fiction journals on Monday with a link back here. So add another FOC and one FOC-ally to your roll call.

[BTW, for those who would want to know -- I am posting for both of us because my co-author is very shy.]

And the comm banner is gorgeous!
KMDkeeni84 on May 18th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Wow, I look forward to reading. I really do. I am especially interested in the original fiction "Faewolf".
Shalanna: cheerleadershalanna on May 17th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC)
You know I am not of color officially (unless "Casper-pale" is a color?) but I *am* 1/16 Choctaw. So I don't know if I qualify here. However, I salute and applaud you, as usual! (The new job sounds like it rocks, as well!) Once upon a time I was on a writers' forum with one of the people whose book ERASES NATIVE AMERICANS (wow, talk about the CHEROKEE being WARLIKE . . . but all they did was take scalps--she reportedly ERASES US instead of just putting us on the rez to drink ourselves to stupor, and that's a sobering thought, pun intended) and she started hating me for no reason at all and was really nasty to me although I tried to win her over. Ah, well, the karma chameleon has finally twisted around to nip her in the ample butt, I suppose. So sad. Yes, I know that book is fiction and a "what if?" but it still is kind of like saying, what if there'd never been any Jews, Chinese, Irish, etc., and it's just . . . ack.

But anyway, the worst part is that mostly people don't even realize they are being patronizing, condescending, or just plain clueless when they say this stuff or write an Oreo character or a stereotype. Don't get me started on how the minority that I actually DO claim to be in is abused . . . I'm talkin' about fat people, and we take ALL the hate, indeed . . . we have to grin and bear it, too, cause we're JOLLY. (Yes, we R so fat we have to iron our pants on the driveway. No, we don't stay fat on purpose. Give it a rest.) It's just irritating that people can't accept one another and say, "Well, ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALL SHORT of the glory of God. God made us all different so He would not be bored!"

So anyway . . . y'all keep up the good work. Hope the community goes rocketship!

nadja heeft de sleutels: 55dn - soul intactarjuna_lj on May 17th, 2009 09:25 am (UTC)
foc_u support banner with a Brit COC theme - over at my LJ if anyone wants...

Edited at 2009-05-17 09:26 am (UTC)
Neo_Prodigyneo_prodigy on May 17th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Awesome. I'll include that in my post tonight.
jasonsanford on May 18th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
Ready to go
I've set a post to air on my blog at www.jasonsanford.com with links here and one of the logos. Just FYI, I'm a white guy, but I'm married to a black woman and have two biracial children, all of whom read SF/F. Drives me crazy what's been going on with all this RaceFail crap, so I hope this little bit helps. I also expect my blog will receive a decent amount of traffic tomorrow b/c I just announced the Million Writers Award finalists. That means when people hit my blog, the first thing they'll see is the logo and link for FOC_U!

Thanks for setting all this in motion.
Neo_Prodigy: Luke&Clydeneo_prodigy on May 18th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
Re: Ready to go
Thank you so much for being apart of this.
a_g_dorena_g_doren on May 18th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
I only found out about this today, but I will be writing an essay about Andre Norton and linking this everywhere and everyway I can. This. Is. Awesome!!
Liz Schechter: Kermitladysmith on May 18th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
I really have no idea if I count as Fen of Color or not. I'm part Italian, part Puerto Rican, and I don't identify as white. I'm not. I've got a built in sun-tan. But I'm really unclear on what side of the line that puts me on - am I FoC, or ally? I know I'm one, I'm just not sure WHICH, and I've seen some posts about RaceFail that essentially add up to "No Irish Need Apply." (Literally. I saw one post that was - if you're white, go post in your own journal, I don't want to see it here.)

Then again, I've never much cared for other people's labels, either. I'm ME. That's what matters.

Shameless: ibarwliminalia on May 18th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
My post as an ally may be found here:
ccwtaylor on May 18th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
my contribution to today's effort
I'm not a live journaler, but here's my blog post in support of today's happening.



Neo_Prodigyneo_prodigy on May 19th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
Re: my contribution to today's effort
Thank you very much.
jasonsanford on May 19th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
My post yesterday