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It's International Blog Against Racism Week. (From [community profile] ibarw.) And you know, I'm not sure what to say.

I'm Scandinavian. I can trace my family back here past the Viking age and aside from a little Swedish, Finnish and Sami, that's all I am. I've never had to face prejudice about my ancestry, my skin or the country I love so much. (At worst, I've faced some idiotic preconceptions, but that seriously doesn't qualify.)

I've only ever been an observer of racism. I've never been the target of. So when people who've had those experiences talk, I think us who haven't should shut the fuck up and listen.

I also think it's important to remember racism is not just the obvious slurs and the Ku Klux Klan-like groups. Those most will happily denounce and maybe feel like in doing so, that's their part against racism done.

I don't think that. I find the more subtle kind of racism also very dangerous. The sort that is less obvious and can so easily become undercurrents in society. The sort that isn't so easily confronted and thus can reign. The sort that can influence even people who consider themselves not racist. The sort that can lead to a million little injustices every day, small enough that you might think them insignificant on their own, but they add up.

They add up to something I don't like at all.

That's what I think, for what it is worth.

In that vein, a few links relevant to the subject at hand:

- Nyota Uhura is not a white girl. Read it, it's a very good perspective to consider.
- Subtle versus overt racism.
- [community profile] debunkingwhite. It has its own list of links that can be helpful.
- The Angry Black Woman, a blog that I at least find makes me think again at times.

In awesome news, the Quakers look to extend marriage services to same sex couples. Go them!

The "You Should Write..." Meme!
my thread here

A meme nicked from the flist: Post a single sentence from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations. No more than one sentence.

1. "Every time," he says, his voice eerily calm, his fingers already at her temples, "every time you remember, I'm here."

2. Pon Farr, an abstract cultural oddity suddenly become her half-Vulcan boyfriend clinging to control by his fingertips and a very serious problem.

3. "I want you to live with what you've done," Tyrol says, and Tory just feels dead.

4. He remembers five million, three thousand, four hundred and eight sunrises, and this is still the first he actually sees.

5. Bill is falling in love. Lee is trying to fall out of.

6. "Nyota," he says, voice strangely familiar even with all that age in it.

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