Here’s an article in SF Signal about the lack of SF/F books with people of color on the cover. And here’s a fairly typical SF/F fan response in the comments that I want to highlight by a commenter called TheAderian that wraps up all the ignorances I’ve had tossed my way in one big bundle. Here are a couple of quick snips I want to respond to (I can’t respond to all of them, I just can’t):
Firstly, I work in a largely black city in the human services field and have done so for a very long amount of time. It’s my job to get to know people and know them well and so I understand the interests of huge amounts of people. It’s not scientific, but I have a pretty good example of the interests of at least one group of “people who have color”
There are no African nations interested in space flight, exploring space, etc. I have never met an urban black person who talks about science fiction concepts wonders what’s on some planet, some star, etc or laments the loss of the space program, they would rather that money spent in their community. I have met black people who grew up in white areas who dream about these things though, thus proving to me that it’s all cultural.
I see it’s that time of year for the ‘poc don’t read SF/F’ statements from the willfully ignorant.
So, no. Just no.
Meanwhile, here is a post where I walk through an entire con devoted to things SF/F in Barbados, where a large percent of the population shows up: http://www.tobiasbuckell.com/2011/07/04/whats-a-barbados-sci-fi-con-like-animekon-expo-snapshots/
And here’s a list of online SF/F fans of color standing up to be counted:
Hey, even rappers/musicians are into SF/F: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/backstage-rider/pharrell-williams-concert-rider-159073 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwnefUaKCbc and many more, I literally just grabbed two links off the top of my head, this shit is all over the place.
So yes, Virginia, POC *do* read SF/F, and it’s common. To remain ignorant takes serious work.
Insisting we don’t exist is a tactic in making us invisible, and a huge part of the problem. Please stop this ignorance.
There is much more ignorance in this comment as well. “There are no African nations interested in space flight, exploring space, etc.” Seriously, 30 seconds with Google easily disproves this.
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