Here’s an excellent post (2009) “Mary Anne Mohanraj Gets You Up to Speed, Part I” about race fail and genre fiction at “Whatever: To Form a More Perfect Union,” John Scalzi’s blog. Since we’ve been discussing the lack of biracial characters in sf/f lately, I thought it would be good to read and educate myself further, and perhaps you would like to as well, if you haven’t already… of course, like many things, there is room for re-education and refreshers.
From Mary Anne’s post: “For readers, if you love literature, what you can do to help support writers of color and combat institutionalized racism is simple — read their books. There’s a challenge going on right now — read 50 books this year by people of color. Any genre, and no need for them to be serious, heavy books. Comics count. Cookbooks count. For more details on the challenge, and book recommendations, visit the 50 Books_POC Livejournal Community. The Carl Brandon Society also offers some reading lists that can help you get started if you’re interested in genre fiction. (They also take donations and love volunteers, of any color.) And I encourage you to start discussions of your favorite films, tv shows, and literature — where are they racist? Where do they go horribly, horribly wrong? And on the other end, because this is valuable too — which novels, shows, movies are getting it right? Talk about the best and the worst, so that we can all learn how to make better art together.”