The White Privilege of Social Justice

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It’s the holiday season and yours truly is showing the Scrooge gents (Ebenezer and Mr. McDuck) how to put in that work.

Making my debut over on Yopp, I discuss the white privilege of social activism. I also point out the glaring double standards that Blacks and other PoCs endure when we speak out against injustice or oppression.

A very special thanks to the very wonderful and lovely creator of Yopp, Kella Hanna-Wayne. She is an absolute delight to collaborate with. I’m immensely humbled and honored for the opportunity to share a piece on her platform.
And now for our feature presentation.

The Lie Behind Honest Dialogue

One of the things I hear all the time in nerd spaces is “why can’t we have a dialogue?” in terms of equal rights issues such as racial equality, media diversity, LGBTQ issues, etc.

Because as soon as the sun will rise, the moment a fangirl dares states that Batman: The Killing Joke is misogynistic, BBC’s Sherlock is homophobic or that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is racist and lacking in diversity, white fans will move heaven and earth to silent marginalized fans. Whether it’s screaming oppression themselves resorting to bullying and stalking or even violence.

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In short, they’re often a bunch of sociopaths who go rabid the second someone tells them something they don’t want to hear.

This has been especially true for me when it comes to MCU stans. Speak ill of their preshus and watch the calamity ensue.

Case in point. This clown here.

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A Special Hypericon Moment

So this past weekend was Hypericon. One of my favorite cons, it’s special to me because I get to see many of my loved ones, family really, and it is always the perfect way to kick off summer. Great food, great friends, scifi, cosplay, what more can a guy ask for?

Sadly I wasn’t able to attend this year. One of my closest friends is undergoing chemotherapy so I’ve been staying with him and helping him out.

Nevertheless, I couldn’t let this year go by without commemorating Hypericon. And what better way to celebrate the con than by sharing one of the most cherished moments I’ve had as a professional author.

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Anti-Blackness, Thy Name Is Facebook

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The fight for equal rights continues to hit a fever pitch. Trans people are fighting for basic human decency, my Asian siblings continue to be #WhiteWashedOUT of their own culture. My fellow Wakandans are fighting for their lives and reminding the planet that #BlackLivesMatter.

One of the key battlegrounds has been on social media. PoCs are getting in formation and speaking their truth and embracing their power.

However, they may find themselves on hostile ground when it comes to social media, specifically Facebook.
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Your Ferguson Resource Packet

So like countless other PoCs, I’ve been watching the ongoing horrors in #Ferguson very closely. Like countless other PoCs, I’ve had to endure my share of whites who either don’t know the dynamics that are playing out in terms of institutional racism or are proudly and maliciously spewing as much toxic bile as they can.

If you find yourself in this position, you probably wouldn’t mind some handy resources to educate and eviscerate before utilizing the blessed block function.

The following are resources I’ve found to be useful not only for the #Ferguson tragedy but the discussions on racism and bigotry in general. Hopefully you won’t need them but if you do, here they are. Feel free to repost and share.

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Intersectionality, A Milestone Theme

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File this post under, Another Reason Why Dwayne McDuffie Was Better Than You.

So last week we all celebrated the life and legacy of one of the most gifted and progressive storytellers, ever to walk this earth, the late Dwayne McDuffie.

As expected, many discussed the amazing work he and his team did with making Milestone Comics a success, others mentioned his phenomenal work with fellow phenom Bruce Timm with creating over a decade of superb animated series and films.

Of course people pointed out that McDuffie paved the way for black storytellers in a way too vanillacentric medium that is the comic book industry.

While this is all true. It is not the whole story. To not tell the whole story diminishes the work and the accomplishments of this great man.

 

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This Once And Future King

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Fighting to bring multiculturalism to YA and
speculative fiction.

I recently had the pleasure to sit down with the Twinjas for a no holds barred interview, where I share my thoughts on tackling bigotry in the industry, my Media Litmus Test, the Black Folks Being Awesome Facebook initiative, my next novel West of Sunset, and a host of other topics.

Fighting to bring multiculturalism to YA and
speculative fiction.

I recently had the pleasure to sit down with the Twinjas for a no holds barred interview, where I share my thoughts on tackling bigotry in the industry, my Media Litmus Test, my next novel West of Sunset, and a host of other topics.

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Attack of the Lustful Cockmonsters 2: Revenge of the Breeders

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So recently through an unusual chain of events, I had an opportunity to watch the Denver Broncos exact some revenge against rival and Superbowl Champions, the Baltimore Ravens.

And for those of you who have known me for a good minute, yes, you read that correctly, Denny actually watched a football game, and yes it’s official, Hell has frozen over.

It wasn’t lost on me that Brendan Ayanbadejo was missing in action, just as it wasn’t lost on me that like Chris Kluwe is also a free agent. It’s especially a shame considering last night, Ayanbadejo’s presence probably would’ve changed the outcome of the game and could’ve spared the Ravens the smackdown that Peyton Manning and the boys put on them.

It’s also not lost on me that both Kluwe and Ayanbadejo were dropped from their teams after being immensely outspoken advocates for LGBTQ Equality.

In short, you’re looking at two men who in all likelihood lost their jobs for standing up to do the right thing.

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