Gail Simone reblogged a post on Tumblr and wrote a response to the allegation that she’d taken part in something that was grossly racist and misogynistic. One of the panels is posted after the quote. Click on the picture to see it full size. I won’t go into the whole conversation, but starting from the post I linked, you can follow a trail that started ugly, but ended on a civil note. There was one thing of note that she posted that I really wanted to quote before continuing:Continue Reading…
You can read that post in its entirety where she talks a little more about racism in the industry including the nastiness that followed Felicia Henderson, a black woman who dared to write Teen Titans and was disparaged by many “fans.” I know her run could’ve have been dreadful and deserved criticism (I’m in the process of finding out what she wrote specifically, so I can give an honest opinion). However, some of the insults hurled at her seemed to be another way for bottom-feeding racists to rear their heads and pretend that they were arguing in the name of the integrity of the series.
As a black woman who has been a geek all her life and is still very much a geek, how my race factors into an industry that seems largely to cater to the straight, white male has interested me intensely. When I was younger, sometimes, it was hard to reconcile my love of comics and video games with the fact that my face wasn’t the one they had in mind when creating them. Fortunately, I got into comics and games when I was young enough that race didn’t play a big part in my love for them. It wasn’t until I’d gotten much older that I started to pay more attention to sex and race in them.
After reading about how the #1 Street Fighter player in the United States, coincidentally also a black woman who goes by the moniker BurnYourBra, deals with sexism and particularly racism in the industry, I wanted to write something about what comics meant to me as a woman of color. Reading Gail Simone and comic fans interact with one another on the issue of misogyny and racism in comics reminded me that this was something I wanted to do.
I won’t lie to you. This is long, so if you’re one of those “tl;dr” types, you might want to find another blog post to read.