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ARE STEAMFUNK, DIESELFUNK and SWORD & SOUL NECESSARY? Countering Negative Images of Black People in Science Fiction and Fantasy

13 Feb
ARE STEAMFUNK, DIESELFUNK and SWORD & SOUL NECESSARY?  Countering Negative Images of Black People in Science Fiction and Fantasy

I’ll admit, I still have reservation with the terms; however, there is still a need for these genres and literature. I am glad that this blog has started and continues to address the lack of diversity in the science fiction. I am glad that I got the chance to read this blog entry and was educated further on these movement and the challenge we continue to face. I had the opportunity to attend the NYC Comic Con in October 2013 and was able to attend the Geek and Color Panel, which was awesome and eye-opening. I urges everyone to read this and research these various movement in fiction and subcultures. This blog addresses a very important issues of portrayal and presence of people of color in mainstream media. This one of the reason, I started this blog because I couldn’t find someone like me ,in this field. I think things are getting better (especially in my program) but we still have a long ways to go! Enjoy! 🙂

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ARE STEAMFUNK, DIESELFUNK and SWORD & SOUL NECESSARY?

Countering Negative Images of Black People in Science Fiction and Fantasy

 

RacismImages and words combined are very powerful, and have been used, quite effectively, to convey this whole idea of Black people being “less than”; “not as good as”: the myth of Black inferiority.

We have become so insensitive or desensitized to our own negative typecasting and even dehumanization that we are no longer conscious of what we see, hear and what is going into our minds. We have become a party to our own brainwashing. We have joined in and become our own victimizers.

In the old days, white comedians put on black cork and made a living humiliating and ridiculing Black people. A few years later, their senses dulled by this illusion called “progress”, Black comedians said to the white comedians “Hey, you don’t have to ridicule and humiliate us…

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