...how often does that roll through your head? Not bloody often enough. Change that. Change it now. Unless you're a cold, mean, psychopath who enjoys the suffering of others. Do not feel good about that.
Because it’s not so much fight the power as it is fight the
weakness (since the inability to see others as people is not a strength) here is the Fuck-That
checklist for creators, beginning thusly:
If the only time you describe a skin color is for the
‘ethnic’ types, fuck that.
If the Black dude dies, fuck that.
If the woman is put in sexual peril because, you know,
wimmin, fuck that.
If there’s even a tiny fart’s whiff of “Diversity is so
haaaaaaaard, ermagherd!” Everybody: we will, we will... fuck that.
If you use the words “almond eyes” or chocolate anything we
will slap the fuck-that into you and out the other side.
If the only time dialect is used is for those colorful,
saucy types, Webster fuck-that.
If everybody but the hero/heroine is PoC-marked, you are the
dude trying to perform Hindi alphabet cunnilingus. You are trying too hard.
I swear to Gawd that if your Destined White Child gets
counseled by Morgan Freeman on something even so tiny as what color shirt to
put on, not only should that be fucked with all due haste, it should be
followed by Piss Off, Wank of Doom, and Really Bruh.
If for any reason your White character lands in a region
where she’s never ever seen a lava Wyrm but after she puts on a pair of the
local jeans she’s the best Wyrm rider ever lived in that realm, even if this is
clearly G-rated, YA fuck-that.
If your gay male character is there only as comic relief,
If your wheelchair-bound character is there only to show how
brave she/he is for having the courage not to roll themselves off a cliff, fuck
Addendum to the homosexual agenda: If your gay/bi/tri/abacus
male characters don’t have sex with dudes but your gay/bi/tri/abacus female
characters get to hear that boom-chikka-wow-wow music drowning out their girl
conversation, please do fuck that.
May I remind you that if the Black dude dies, fuck not only
that but you.
code below) Is your trans character only there to be:
(a) crazy; (b) edgy; (c)
-a- Fuck that. –b- Fuck that. –c- Fuck that.
If your book starts with the White teen having the Luke
Skywalker Stare Into The Sunlit Horizon O’ Destiny scene, fuck that plus the
droids you’re looking for. We know what’s coming and, as former owners of the
Millennium Falcon, we are not amused.
Unless your princess is a guy who has made it very clear
that is how he wishes to be addressed, do fuck that as the focus character of
all future stories.
If you are “not sure” how to write "People of Color" (yes, I fluggin’ hate
that. Message for the world: EVERYBODY HAS A COLOR. White people don’t come
born with Romulan cloaking tech lodged up their kumquats rendering them clear
and invisible), I will Bernie Mac-slap the Fuck-That into you so you can see
how fookin’ ridiculous you sound. Turning someone you see every Thursday in the
checkout line at the local Monsanto Mart into “The Other” is just as bad as
calling out a racial slur. What do we say to the God of Turning People into “Others”?
Does your PoC-mark die so that Biff Muscles (others too but
mainly Biff) can live? And then Biff gets so dude-fired he Does The Thing with
40 ninjas hanging off him with his mighty dick a swingline for Sue to get to
safety and Sue’s like, “No! We are not closing the door! He’ll be here!” and
Biff gets there but Sue sees in his half-formed dude tear that Bubba (his best
good friend) didn’t make it—OK, we’re gonna fuck ALL that and start fresh in
Seriously. Seriously. If “diversity” means showing how those
simpler folks have so much to teach the gods, finger fuck that till it gets
frustrated enough to walk away.
If your manuscript is the Irony-board of Diversity whereby,
get this, the White guy thinks he’s the hero but it’s actually the ethnic dude,
scrap that. Fuck that. “Big Trouble in Little China” already did it better.
And if you EVAH use “The Help” as the title of your book – What’s
that you say? Been done? Oh, fook that. *drops mic, throws Godzilla-hornet middle finger, slides into the water to chill*
(If there are any missed tired tropes it’s only because my pressure was starting to go
Writerss: Do you know how to write characters? OK. All those people
you need 12 variations on the word “caramel” for? DO THAT!
Do this without thinking about it. Say “yes.” Say it out loud. Breathe it, make love to it. It will make love to you. Tell your body you love it out loud. It’s not a dictatorship, you in that shell, it’s a symbiosis. Your body has needs and wants you to acknowledge them. Say yes like the last prayer before the final burst of your solar system’s star, its light spreading so wide and bright you’ve no fear of any type of burn. Say yes to your life more often than you do because, Gods bless it, the corollary of “no” is a silent and adept lover capable of making you groan even when there’s not a single sound. Say it as though there are dreams to be picked up from the cleaners; no one but yourself wants to marry you and that’s cool as hell; you thought you were wrong but found out you had been right all along. You just have to say it out loud and mean it from that place in your spirit that knows you better than you think it does. Once or twice or maybe a hundred times a day. I like to do it in the morning or when I’ve forgotten that all things are beautiful when made beautiful. Say it not as vocabulary but as invocation. Don’t bother adding anything behind it. Additional words just get in the way. This just needs to be you in your voice saying one thing: