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Of Open Roads And Uber Fail: The Wiscon 33 That Was.

Posted on 2009.05.26 at 14:31
Electric Relaxation: alicia keys | you don't know my name
Though karnythia beat me to the punch with her post--which pretty much said everything I was going to say about this weekend and more--I feel I must add this:

If you're really serious about making Wiscon a POC-safe space, you must step your muthafukkin' game up. You can't just import a bunch of brown folks in and believe your work is done. You must seek to build authentic relationships with those brown people in order for shit to grow. Because believe it or not? WE SEE YOU. We see when you stare at us, or walk by us completely ignoring our salutation to you, only to run up to us minutes later after you realize who we are. We see you when you crash our party for the sole purpose of snubbing us. We see you when you treat us like museum exhibits or magical, mythical creatures.

What's most disappointing is that I was actually quite amped to attend Wiscon because of all the great things I'd heard about it. I had even planned on documenting our entire trip but by Sunday evening I was just fucking DONE, son. And let me not even get started on the few POC who also gave you the "persona non grata" treatment until they discovered who you were (or who you were with) and the deemed you worthy enough to talk to. When I tell you that I am over certain folks feeling threatened by the appearance of other POC because they may take away their SUPERSPESHULNOTLIKETHEOTHERS crown? I really, REALLY am, and when we do this shit again next year I need you to either check your ego at the fucking door and work with us or STEP. And trust, we WILL be back next year. If Wiscon is REALLY serious about embracing diversity? We're about to make it happen, jack. Watch.


Comments:


Emily
Fresh shit. emilytheslayer at 2009-05-26 19:57 (UTC) (Link)
Yup, definitely still like you.
Your Best Nightmare
Fresh shit. pretzelcoatl at 2009-05-26 20:34 (UTC) (Link)
I agree with my mindtwin.
...and a nappy-headed ho will lead them all.
Fresh shit. thewayoftheid at 2009-05-26 21:00 (UTC) (Link)
lol and I like ya back.
cheveux sable with earworm rampant
Fresh shit. lcohen at 2009-05-26 20:02 (UTC) (Link)
still like you, am very glad i got to see you, and wish i had known that was going on, though what i could have done besides a scene from "taxi driver," i'm not sure :( .
...and a nappy-headed ho will lead them all.
Fresh shit. thewayoftheid at 2009-05-26 21:16 (UTC) (Link)
I'm happy I got a chance to see you again too, and it was great meeting your guy. I honestly didn't expect to be so affected by all of this, but seeing all this shit go down and then hearing about folks crashing the room that was SPECIFICALLY SET ASIDE AS A SAFE SPACE FOR POC--I lost it. Completely. And I'm not even the "weeping willow" type. But it totally took away from the good I experienced while there.
Re: Yep. - (Anonymous) Expand
Fresh shit. delux_vivens at 2009-05-26 20:21 (UTC) (Link)


for this post in general, but especially for this: I am over certain folks feeling threatened by the appearance of other POC because they may take away their SUPERSPESHULNOTLIKETHEOTHERS crown?







Edited at 2009-05-26 08:22 pm (UTC)
...and a nappy-headed ho will lead them all.
Fresh shit. thewayoftheid at 2009-05-26 21:33 (UTC) (Link)
At first I thought I was overanalyzing shit as usual, but after sorta laying in the cut and observing a litte more...yeah. Clearly some folk think it's really all about them and it's not.
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...and a nappy-headed ho will lead them all.
Fresh shit. thewayoftheid at 2009-05-26 22:08 (UTC) (Link)
lmao whaa? the hell I miss?
a princess of now
Fresh shit. skywardprodigal at 2009-05-26 20:39 (UTC) (Link)
We see when you stare at us, or walk by us completely ignoring our salutation to you, only to run up to us minutes later after you realize who we are. We see you when you crash our party for the sole purpose of snubbing us.

I am over certain folks feeling threatened by the appearance of other POC because they may take away their SUPERSPESHULNOTLIKETHEOTHERS crown?


Well now.

White people acting ugly, :(

But that other business? Pathetic.

Edited at 2009-05-26 09:10 pm (UTC)
...and a nappy-headed ho will lead them all.
Fresh shit. thewayoftheid at 2009-05-26 22:09 (UTC) (Link)
Srsly. But again, next year WILL be better. Trust.
you can pay for school, but you can't buy class
Fresh shit. cjs1981 at 2009-05-26 20:41 (UTC) (Link)
Let 'em know!
...and a nappy-headed ho will lead them all.
Fresh shit. thewayoftheid at 2009-05-26 22:10 (UTC) (Link)
I'm mad that I didn't throw in a "Fuck Yo Couch!" Should've done it.
LYING BOX OF FROGS
Fresh shit. maschalismos at 2009-05-26 20:42 (UTC) (Link)
Tell 'em how you REALLY feel!
...and a nappy-headed ho will lead them all.
Fresh shit. thewayoftheid at 2009-05-26 21:35 (UTC) (Link)
lol. I feel like The Angry Rapper.
beloved of monsters and women made free
Fresh shit. popelizbet at 2009-05-26 21:17 (UTC) (Link)
You know? I went, I saw bullshit, I heard about bullshit, and then I get here and realize that even then there is so much bullshit that I just do not see. And like most things, it pisses me the hell off. People act like they never had any raising and it's awesome people like you who get shit for it, and that sucks.

I really wish we could have stopped in Chi for postmortem yesterday. :(
...and a nappy-headed ho will lead them all.
Fresh shit. thewayoftheid at 2009-05-26 22:04 (UTC) (Link)
Me too. And I wish I had been more prepared to deal with the bouts of massive fail that happened here and there. But hey, next year is a chance to turn it all around.
Gaudy Salamander
Fresh shit. gaudysalamander at 2009-05-26 23:50 (UTC) (Link)
Hi! I met you at the VN party where we talked about Top Gun, and at the dessert salon.

I am really looking forward to turning it around next year.
A Recovering Sir Nose D'VoidofFunk
Fresh shit. amordien at 2009-05-27 02:28 (UTC) (Link)

Tell 'em why you mad, son!

You're still my cousin. I'm sorry this was so horrid for you.
That Chick with the Evil Laugh
Fresh shit. sparkymonster at 2009-05-27 02:49 (UTC) (Link)
When I tell you that I am over certain folks feeling threatened by the appearance of other POC because they may take away their SUPERSPESHULNOTLIKETHEOTHERS crown?

I just....RAWR.

Part of me thinks "it sucks for you that you've sucked down so much of the racism koolaid" and the other part of me thinks "YOU SUCK"

witchsistah
Fresh shit. witchsistah at 2009-05-30 22:54 (UTC) (Link)
Not only did they suck down the racism koolaid but they made a whole new pitcher when it ran out seems to me!
Tanya D.
Fresh shit. tanyad at 2009-05-27 12:26 (UTC) (Link)
Next year, I'm there bb. I say we start planning to derail the fail right the fuck now.
beloved of monsters and women made free
Fresh shit. popelizbet at 2009-05-27 13:57 (UTC) (Link)
"Derail the Fail" is a great tagline and I want to steal it.
Sarah/Katherine
Fresh shit. truepenny at 2009-05-27 22:02 (UTC) (Link)
I apologize.

I didn't intend to snub anyone. And as I said on karnythia's blog, the fact that I was too shy to introduce myself is my fault, not because of anyone else's behavior. I'm sorry.
...and a nappy-headed ho will lead them all.
Fresh shit. thewayoftheid at 2009-05-28 06:19 (UTC) (Link)
Apology accepted, though I don't know quite what to make of this:

I must have been offending people left and right for years then, for I don't think I've EVER introduced myself to the hosts of a room party. God, I suck.

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