I came across this thanks to a tweet by Jon Del Arroz. Apparently Jane Dismantle White Supremacy tweeted a complaint to the World Fantasy Con 2020 about how incredibly offensive their panels were, or at least how offense their descriptions were. You can find the letter on Google Docs, but I took screenshots of all of the tweets responding to her to date and the entire letter in case she decides to delete them (that happens occasionally).
Here’s the letter.
Apparently, she’s not worried about being trolled since she included not only the URL to her website, but her email address.
Look, it’s not like I want to be unfair, but as Kunchok Tendar said in his tweet, the most offended people seem to be woke white people. Miyuki Jane Pinckard (she/her) definitely put a lot of thought and effort into her letter, and apparently the people running the Con took it very seriously (or they worded their tweet that way).
This reminds me of the WorldCon 76 Implosion in which similar complaints were made requiring the Con to completely retool their program. I guess it ended well, but it happened again at this year’s WorldCon thanks to George R.R. Martin, I suppose.
I just want to know how far do these events have to go to appease the slights some people experience. Yes, it’s one thing to go out of your way to upset or offend people, but as far as I can tell, the worst thing this “program” did was to assume that most of the audience would be white and straight (I guess “straight” covers both “heteronormative” and “cisgender” – both of which my spellchecker says are not words). On the other hand, I don’t know how I’d receive the information if I were a POC.
After I publish this blog post, I’ll probably retweet the author’s tweet, which will notify her, and then I’ll prepare to be blocked once again (still amazed Jeannete Ng hasn’t blocked me yet). Diversity and inclusion only includes agreeable voices (though I might not have room to talk since I’ve had to moderate all of the comments on this blog).
Addendum: I went back to this person’s twitter feed. The original tweet was October 5th. Since then she’s enlisted the assistance of another person who I think blocked me (have to login to twitter to check) K Tempest #WakandaForever Bradford. Just checked. She hasn’t blocked me, which is surprising, but then again, after our last little online “encounter,” I don’t have much to say to her.
She goes on a fairly long rant from there. She was good about writing the blog based on all this (Oh wow is she verbose. TLDR). Frankly, this is a very different view of the con than what I have been led to believe. I thought all these cons were biased in exactly the opposite direction. I don’t know where the differences in perspective are coming from.
Why am I writing all this? Am I a racist? I don’t experience myself as such, although I don’t doubt each person I cited would instantly believe so upon reading this blog post. Maybe the Con could do a better job at inclusion, but if that’s true, why don’t they? I mean, the way SFF is shifting and the criteria a creative person has to fulfill, both in the content of their story and in their “identity,” in order to even be nominated for one of their awards, let alone to win one, certainly is shifted in a different direction than these people indicate.
I just want to know when we can ALL have a seat at the table and ALL creative contributors are welcomed, not just “the cool kids?”
Oh, I found out I can make the classic WP editor come back if after publishing, I select Classic Editor and not Quick Edit.
In other news, I stopped editing this blog while I was still having problems with the editor because my son and his family came over for dinner. Had a good time afterward playing Star Fluxx and later getting in some “baby time.” Youngest granddaughter is now two months old and cuter than ever.