- flap your gums
I'm flailing between steps 3 & 4. Want to thank everyone for their comments & input. Here's a roundup of who I've heard:
And, of course, here:
As well as everyone who e-mailed firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
I read (am re-reading) the comment threads with care & attention, as well. Are there other voices I have not heard? Please post links below, if you are so moved. I also invite you to comment here, or e-mail either email@example.com (to reach the co-chairs, Karen, Joanna & me) or me directly to express your opinion privately (your opinion but not your identity will be shared with my co-chairs & the concom as a whole).
I would also like to apologize for my failure of imagination. I thought I was asking for a con in which we could have these conversations:
1. an apology from Ms. Moon
2. education of each other by those who are willing
3. celebrations of & explorations of the specific groups targeted by her post in our SF/F context
*and* our special topics for this year:
4. Tiptree 20th anniversary celebrations
5. Nisi Shawl, woo!!
*and* our usual tracks.
I am coming to understand that the burden of heavy lifting in the 2nd conversation, above, falls disproportionately on those targeted by her words, and that it may not be possible for that conversation not to overshadow the rest of them, sucking us all into a death-spiral of racism-101 fail. I'm sorry I didn't see that before. (I might still have suggested this course, but possibly less ham-handedly? Hypotheticals not my strong suit.) Huge thanks for the e-mail cluebat on that score!