Showing posts with label allyship. Show all posts
Showing posts with label allyship. Show all posts

Sunday, February 19, 2017

No More Free Diversity Education On This Blog | Blog News

Because of repeated harassment and lack of allyship, both on my social media and my blog, I have decided to no longer provide free education in terms of diversity in fiction. 

I have about six posts left in my queue that I will still publish because it would be a waste of my time and energy not to. But not right now. I am pushing them to the end of my queue to be published godknowswhenever because I frankly do not think that this community has earned free education. I don't think allies have. 

I do not intend to write any more free posts to help allies understand. 

I do not intend to make any educational posts anywhere besides maybe twitter and Patreon, because these communities are the only ones that have shown me even just a little bit of allyship. 

I have received nothing but hatred and harassment for my educational posts and allies continue not to show up for me, despite me voicing my pain. I can deal with harassment. But I cannot deal with performative allyship and people ignoring me when I say I need you to be an ally right now.

My educational content will be exclusively on Patreon now and all educational posts I have made on this blog have been removed. 

This is what happens when allies don't show up.

I will still review problematic books, because I can't not do it. I don't understand how you cannot speak up. But I won't make any free posts to help you understand anymore. You'll have to fend for yourself now and google the educational posts yourself.

I'm not sorry. I'm disappointed in this community.

It'll take a miracle for me to change my mind. Support educators and black women online if you want me to change my mind. This is not about me. This is about the lack of allyship towards all marginalized people, especially black women. 
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Let Me Be Your Racism Tutor- I'm Starting a Patreon! | Blog News

So, as you may or may not know I have a very severe chronic illness. And any financial help I can get would very much make my life easier.

Since this blog takes up a LOT of my time, I will probably on the longrun be unable to make any more posts without financial support. That's the chronic illness life.

I decided to launch a Patreon specifically because I've noticed that SO MANY allies approach me with very detailed questions about writing diversely or recognizing problematicness that I physically cannot answer all of them without repercussions to my mental and physical health. 

These kinds of posts take a lot of energy, especially to a chronically-ill person like me. Patreon is the perfect place for even MORE posts about problematicness, racism, ableism, homophobia, and also a nice way to help you with your own writing and ensure the next generation of writers gets some help.

This will be mostly a feature for the allies and social justice advocates-in-training. I will be making several posts every month answering questions that you may have. 

THE IMPORTANT STUFF - What you can expect from this Patreon

  • !new! posts every other day
  • exclusive writing advice in terms of writing diversely
  • exclusive advice on recognizing problematicnesss and allyship
  • exclusive educational blog posts
  • in-depth book talks about problematic books
  • accessability: as a patron, there's a way for you to read posts from higher tiers. Choose which content you'd like to support.
  • submit questions that I answer periodically. Choose your content.
  • up to 35% discounts as a patron if you want to book my editing and sensitivity reading services
  • a safe space to ask questions about writing diversely and being a good ally, and interact with other allies
I'm also African, living in Germany, biracial, bisexual, disabled, ace-spectrum, and neuroatypical - so if you have any questions in regards to writing characters that are one of these things, you can totally ask me for advice.

BIO - Who am I

I'm a chronically-ill book blogger, writer, and aspiring publishing professional. I've been blogging on my book blog The Bookavid since September 2014, primarily focusing on promoting and reviewing diverse reads. 
I'm also trying to get a foot in the door in the publishing industry where my main goal will be to help diversifying and doing everything I can to get marginalized readers the representation they deserve. Unfortunately this proves very difficult despite lots of experience, because I cannot work in-person. And even beyond that my chronic illness makes it pretty much impossible for me to have a regular job without facing a severe health risk because my health keeps steadily declining and symptoms keep getting worse.

FOR WHAT - What will I do with the money

Any money received through this will go towards living expenses. My chronic illness makes it incredibly difficult for me to live normally - I cannot physically work and any time I put into creating content online of course takes away from that. This is why I'd love your support, because without it I won't be able to continue blogging and promoting diverse books for marginalized readers, serving as a resource for more than 20,000 people online. 

Any financial help would make it possible for me to continue to promote diverse reads and continue making blog posts and book recommendations that are very much


So here's the Patreon link. Stop by if you like.

If you'd still like to support but can't afford becoming a Patron, a virtual coffee through ko-fi is always nice. 

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