Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.
Junot Díaz, “The Junot Díaz Episode" (18 November 2013) on Fan Bros, a podcast “for geek culture via people of colors” (via kynodontas)
Let em know dad.
I think the next time someone gets confused as to possibly why people were hoping Katniss would be portrayed as nonwhite, this quote above is why.
Kickboxing did not kill me! I made it all the way through without any breaks! Huzzah!
I’m FINALLY going back to kickboxing tonight after being out sick. I’m a little scared my lungs are not going to cooperate.
My head feels about 10 pounds lighter after getting my hair cut. The floor looked like a Tribble crime scene when the lady was done - there was just hair everywhere. It had been 3 months since it had been cut (I had been going every 4-6 weeks before) and she had to thin it out a ton.
I am constantly torn between wanting to improve myself and wanting to destroy myself.