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What's ironic about it? Are people at science fiction conventions incapable of racism (I feel required to specify:Racism against people of color.)
I guess its just hard for me to digest this form of racism with the stories of the ones I grew up with - parents in concentration camps, my dad having to give up his house (as a kid) to a Wehrmacht Officer, people being burned alive in their homes because of their race - you know - that kind of racism.
Maybe I am just too privileged to see this softer insidious (and stealth/Sith-like) modern racism that occurs at Science Fiction cons. You know - where a woman of color (who also happens to be a published science fiction writer) advocates reading books along racial gender lines and feels threatened enough to create a safe space for POC. Maybe the racism she fears is as legit as the ones facing POC 40 years ago - lynching, murder - killed by bombs or even just being barred from private spaces?
Barred from privates spaces...hmmm, reminds me of something.....?