Fandom. you’ve got a huge race problem — An Introduction Post

This is one of Stitch’s first posts regarding racism in fandom. Please check out the entire series on her website.

Of course, I was aware of racism in the narrative works that fandom uses for inspiration, and peripherally aware of the erasure of PoC, and others, in fanfiction, but her series digs so much deeper, and has taught me a lot about how real world racism leaks into everything people do, whether they are aware of it, or not.

This is the reason why, if you consider yourself anti-racist, you have to remain vigilant. Racism is oily. It leaks everywhere, it’s insidious, it’s sneaky, and you have to remain on guard if you don’t wish to perpetuate it.

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Sam Wilson. Abigail Mills. James “Rhodey” Rhodes. Eve Moneypenny . Joan Watson.

What do these characters all have in common?

Well, they’re all characters of color in popular films or television shows.

They’re all shippable with fandom’s white dude darlings (Steve Rogers, James Bond, and Sherlock Holmes for example).

And oh yeah –

Fandom constantly desexualizes them and removes them as valid canon or fanon love interests for said white dude darlings so that a white character can swoop in and fandom can have fantastic ships.

Let’s face it: fandom has a major racism problem.

The clearest sign of this is how characters of color and the fans that defend them are treated.

Fandom, we need to do better. We need to talk about the fact that there’s no balance. We need to talk about how either fandom is hypersexualizing characters of color or desexualizing them.

We also need to talk about…

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