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Re-visioning WisCon for racial justice

25 May 2021

A table with multiple sheets of pronoun stickers and a sign with information on how to use them
Credit: Photo by the author

WisCon and its parent org, SF3, are doing work this weekend, which is normally WisCon weekend, on their accountability to BIPOC in the wake of a history of centering white feminism to the detriment of Black people.

If you’re attending the virtual sessions on this, I invite you to consider that future WisCons follow the Showing Up for Racial Justice model.

In that model activists, who are predominantly white, implement events, advocacy, and interactions with authority at the direction of Black-led accountability partners (which in the case of WisCon might be groups like the Carl Brandon Society and Fiyah Magazine.)

This strategy puts the onus on white people with good intentions to hold themselves accountable to implement the work needed as determined by people most affected by white supremacy.

That part is key, because as white people, we don’t experience or know what needs correction and redress, Black people do, and we need to follow their direction on this.

The structures of white supremacy won’t fall unless white people help push -not decide where to push- but listen for where we need to push, and recruit more white people to help push.

As white SciFi fans, we have more time and resources to put towards transformation. Instead of trying to second-guess what we should do to make a more just world, we can follow the lead of those most affected by our unjust systems.

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