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Why Claims That 'Fandom' Is Racist Defy Reality

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As a science fiction fan and writer I’m very well versed in something called “fandom.” Those who love science fiction books and movies, fantasy books and movies, or comic books of any kind tend to be very into our favorite genres. We tend to congregate with other fans to interact, creating an environment that, for many of us, represented the first time we ever felt accepted in our lives.

However, in this day and age, it seems that nothing is sacred. While fandom bends over backward to accommodate the leftist agenda, we get people like the writer at The Establishment who blast them as racist.

In a post titled “Your Fandom Is Racist And So Are You,” writer Talynn Kel decided that fandom had gotten enough of a pass and that its racism needed to be exposed. Her evidence?

Um…

“It is well-known that euro-centric media is anti-Black and white supremacist; that it is rooted in erasing Black people from history, literature, science, pretty much everything,” she claims. “So it shouldn’t be a shock that the fandoms built around these properties are racist, too.”

It’s well known? Where?

Because, honestly, while that might have been the case ages ago, it hasn’t been that way for decades. Kel makes an assertion and proceeds from there, but offers no support other than a nebulous claim that something is “well-known.”

While I’m sure that Kel can probably cite some supposed scholar who makes that claim, there’s no such well-known knowledge.

Further, she goes on to claim that the Comics Code is racist despite it saying absolutely nothing about race.

This is why so many afro-centric activists simply can’t be taken seriously. They make grand claims in their rants, but anyone who looks at the claims critically can instantly see the absolute nonsense in them. As evidence, they typically present a handful of people who are often more trolls than fans, people who are both small in number and are often opposed by more mainstream fans.

To call all of fandom racist, and to say that all who are part of fandom are racist as well, is to set the stage for any number to wonder why they even bother. It’s to create a self-fulfilling prophecy, pushing and insulting a group of people until they lash out so you can point and say, “See! What did I tell you?”