This was originally posted on Patreon in November without any real extra-text.
One of the most interesting (and frustrating) things about talking about fandom and media and the racism present in these spaces is how many people view my position as one that has any power in fandom.
Think of the fans of color you know of that have large accounts revolving around a single fandom. Are the accounts you know of critical of fandom? Do they talk about racism on the regular?
Chances are, that if you know of a large fandom account run by a fan of color, that that user probably doesn’t talk about race and racism in their fandom.
People of color in fandom don’t have or gain privilege and power for talking about race and race in fandom. What they get, in fact, is harassment and a reputation for being difficult.
The people in fandom that do have the power in these spaces are the ones being paid to write weak and wack articles for The Nerdist and The Mary Sue. They’re the ones who have tens of thousands of followers who spread their disinformation across the internet. They’re the ones who will bend over backwards to “prove” their fandom isn’t racist.
Lil ole me?
Not on that level in the least.