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)
Junot Díaz stays topping the list of people I can never meet for fear I’d disappoint them.
Although, I’d make the slight tweak of changing “People of Color” to “The Oppressed” (which is for surrrrrre people of color as the majority) because let’s not forget caste systems/poverty/religious persecution/sexism/the fact that my great grandparents wanted so badly to be seen as “American” when they moved here my grandfather would never admit he spoke Italian fluently or pass it on to his kids.
I wouldn’t tweak it at all. It’s accurate the way it is. *side eye*