If you think that anyone can be guilty of making a racist comment or performing a racist act, including you, and that you are willing to take ownership of your statements and actions, resist blaming the person who was offended, figure out why they were taken as racist, apologize, and not do it again, post this exact sentence in your journal.
If you haven’t been following RaceFail ’09, start here.
I’ve been hesitant to post about this because I’m pretty sure Clueless White Girl #5,264,592 does not have much to add to the discussion. But here’s one thing I think bears saying. Racism isn’t necessarily the overt Hairspray-style “white people and black people shouldn’t swim in the same pools!” nastiness. Racism can show up when you have a comic with an international cast of dozens and there’s only one recurring black guy. Whose name has yet to be mentioned in-strip. (It’s Bob.)
And before you say “but it’s a fancomic, and that’s just how the canons are” – (a) most of the OCs have been white, so I’m still not off the hook, and (b) what does that say about the canons?
ETA, having seen some people gripe about an Internet meme being a shallow response to a serious problem: Here are real-life things you can do. Poke around the links to this stuff for a while, and you will find yet more lists of things you can do. I’ll be snagging ideas from them, and working on the issues mentioned above, and on a basic level will not be Deeply Offended if you mention that perhaps some of my writing is not perfect. Y’all are enthusiastically invited to join in.
Oh, if anybody has awesome CoCs they’d like to see brought into Shine, I am totally open to recommendations.