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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.
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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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(no subject) - capra_maritimus on May 18th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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)
idhren24 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