tighri said: many props to you for handling and calling out racism the way you do! it's really so important for blogs about art created by non-white people to discuss this stuff when a large part of their following is made up of white folks.
Hello, and thank you for your kind words! :)
I’m a little confused about the second part of your message, so I want to direct you to our Q&A page.
The big thing I want to say is that I am white. I absolutely, 100% agree with you that it’s really, really important that we listen to and help amplify the voices of POC who are far too often silenced in discussions of their own cultures, lives and stories, but I also want to make it ABSOLUTELY clear that I am NOT one of those POC. My voice is not a stand in for any of theirs. I’m just trying to be a decent human being by not being racist (or heterosexist, cissexist, ableist, classist, etc.) and not condoning those attitudes and behaviors in others. I know I mess up, and I hope people call me on it when I do, but I’m not in this to get points for good behavior. I’m in this because people deserve to be treated like people- not like costumes, trends, scapegoats, fictional characters, objects, etc.- and as a person in a position of privilege (white, straight, cis, semi-able-bodied with able-bodied passing privilege, middle class(ish) US American) it’s my responsibility to call out other privileged people so we can all check our privilege and not be douchebags. [ten points for using the word “privilege” four times in one very long sentence!]
Anyhow, thank you for taking the time to write to me, you are very sweet, and I really appreciate it. :)