I wonder what it is about seeing some Black people talk about what they see as racist in fandom and in media that makes other people in fandom decide that we are suddenly claiming the title of activist and that we’re being fake woke for it.
Not only that, but these claims kind of assume that our online life, our online personas, are all we are rather than assuming that we do things offline. Like if I’m online talking about racism and trying to boost perspectives on anti-Black racism in fandom as a Black person, then when I’m not online I must be what…
A redneck bigot named Becky?
Because according to these weirdos, if you’re talking about racism online… you must not be doing any such thing offline and are totally faking your wokeness.
(Like first of all, this woke/fake woke binary pisses me off like no one is perfect all the time and no one does the right thing all the time. We weren’t all hatched as Level 100 social justice warriors.)
As far as activism goes many of the people that I’ve seen called online activists/fake woke for talking about racism in fandom are people of color and/or Jewish like… by virtue of not being seen as white (or white enough i guess), in their daily life they fight back against oppression and Injustice.
However, they’re also just marginalized people living their lives talking about how fandom as a safe space isn’t safe for them and how fandom replicates a lot of the problems that we see in real life. (Or do you think that we all came out of the womb ready to make excuses for white murderers or that the true crime fandom woobifiying serial killers and cannibals isn’t connected to the way that white murderers are excused and whatnot in the media after a massacre.Glorification of white crime, babies.)
And I always wonder if the people calling black fans and sometimes other fans of color “fake woke”, “online activists”, and similar terms for talking online about their politics about how identity affects fandom and fans and media like… Do any offline activism themselves since they think talking about fandom racism or a bunch of other stuff in fandom negates the potential for offline activism.
They’re accusing Black people talking about antiblackness in fandom of doing it for “woke points” but like… what are they doing that gives them the right to talk down to us like that?
(And ”woke points”, really? What does that win us except for intense yelling from anons on the internet?
I’m here trying to figure out how I’m going to keep from being homeless in June/July like if these supposed “woke points” I’m apparently racking up by being black in fandom talking about it can get me anything other than stress about my inbox here, I’ll take it.)
One of the things that these losers seem to forget when they’re oh so busy labeling Black people “fake woke” for talking about patterns of fandom racism is that like… we’re Black. Society treats us differently and painfully. People are biased against us because of our Blackness and fandom is full of people.
As a queer Black femme, I constantly move in spaces that are unfriendly to me, that can be downright toxic and hostile to me. I’m always aware of the way that U.S. society can lead to me being abused, hurt, or even killed just because I’m black.
And if you think that doesn’t translate to my experiences and my experiences in fandom, get your head out of the damn sand.
Fandom isn’t an island adrift from the rest of society and it replicates many of the really problematic aspects and conditions of society and anti Blackness, which many people in fandom who are black do talk about, is one of those things.
If your first instinct upon seeing Black people talk about the racism we and characters that look like us face in fandom and the media that creates said fandom is to accuse us of doing it for “woke points” or calling us “antis” or tell us that we’re playing the race card instead of bothering to read/listen to us talk about pretty pervasive problems…
You’re a fucking racist and you need to do better.