I don’t think folks get how little I want to have (largely white) people telling me that they totally get what I’m saying about racism and the Ao3 and fandom only to turn around and like…

Splain the platform to me and continue to argue that the best (only) solution is hiding content from “people who might be offended by it” because removing offensive (in this context, racist) infringes on some right to write that literally ignores the fact that maybe it’s not that people of color find racism ~offensive~

but that fandom is actively harmful and that Ao3 is full of content that is racist as fuck and none of y’all have any idea how to handle that beyond “don’t like, don’t read 2.0” or telling folks to make their own archive

Like I’ve been checking the notes that have cropped up on my one post since NK Jemisin reblogged it (bless her, she is amazing) and I’ve got a bunch of white folks kind of completely missing the point of what I’m saying

(that in my experience as a black person in fandom, telling people to make their own x – archive or otherwise – doesn’t end well because white people literally won’t let us have things that are our own even in fandom)

in order to deliver commentary that’s still pretty darn close to “you can hide the content you find offensive, but the ao3 isn’t going to do anything about it”

And remember folks, my post is about racism towards and alludes to racist fanworks about black people

Which folks are essentially defending as free speech right on their reblogs as they rush to splain how the archive works/why it works the way it does.

If that’s all these folks have got to offer as their two cents, let me get them some refunds because I don’t want or need it.

Author: Zeenah

Zina writes about comics, nerd history, and ridiculous romance novels when not working frantically on her first collection of short stories and complaining about stuff. One day, she'll settle down and write that novel.