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writing rengeek magpie mind

One marvelously clever thing that was suggested at the "Why is SF so White?" panel, as a means of encouraging more non-white writers into the industry, was a mentoring program. (Liz Scheier, from the audience, also mentioned that she doesn't see nearly enough submissions with non-white protagonists or main characters, and would love to see more.)

The idea being that would-be writers of color could be paired with volunteer authors who would help mentor them.

I am not the person to administrate this. I know this about myself. But I thought it was a good enough idea to be worth sailing out into the zeitgeist.

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Mm. Yes and no.

It might, yes, open a door. It might also feel like 'hey, there's a person who does not look like us, let's take pity on them and invite them in because we're being nice'.

You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't. Personally, I'd rather be damned for being a decent human being than for being a bigot.

See you in Hell.
Right.

Stepping out of the conversation, but yes, I fully intend to be buried in summer clothes.
All my friends will be there.
You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't.

Yeah. Pretty much :)

I definitely agree that change would be nic. I'm just not entirely sure how I feel about this particular proposal as one potentially on the receiving end.

I think you are being a decent human being :D