this is my universal translator. so far it only translates into an incomprehensible language.
We're still circling that first very crucial and yet very basic stage--how to have a conversation about race--instead talking about issues in depth. Instead of broaching the specific problems or discussing perspectives and complexities that are brought up in the initial question, we instead cycle the Kübler-Ross stages of:
- Denial: "The show/the character/that phrasing can't possibly be racist. I know them/it/the writer, they aren't racist! I don't have white privilege; I'm a individual! Why are you attacking me?"
- Anger: "How dare you call me/them/it a racist! That's not nice, in fact, it's the worst thing anyone could ever hear ever. And you're a crazy troublemaker! And you don't know what real racism is!”
- Bargaining: "Okay, maybe you kind of have a point but how does this benefit me? And how does it benefit you? Shouldn't we be out talking in the real world where it counts?"
- Depression: "what good does talking about this do? It doesn't change the world, it doesn't change anything? Why bother? I come to fandom to get away from these sad real life things."
- Acceptance: "wow, huh. Maybe there is a problem. So, what do I do now?" or my personal favourite, "oh, I know everything now, I don't need to read further."
Which hey, leads us all the way back to denial again. There is individual change and growth but as fandom, as this undefinable entity, as a community? I cannot see that much progress in last twelve months of race discussions in fandom.
Alas, people often stop at the denial stage. They can't see a stereotype like Chief Wahoo is wrong even if you point it out in the most explicit terms.