I'm still looking for an illustrator or illustrators for my website! If you read this and it inspires you in a visual way, I'd love to talk about collaborating! Can possibly compensate!
I'm Mordecai P. Martin, but you can call me Mo. I write about Judaism, my life as a New Yorker who no longer lives in New York, cities, solidarity, my wife Atenea, my cat Pharaoh-Let-My-People-Go the Cat, and sometimes I get silly.
That sounds like I'm in safe terrain of writing from my own experience, but look closer and it's obvious that I run into the problem of needing to invoke other people's racial experiences, Black characters and other characters of color, as part of discussing that. So how do I do that well and gracefully, and without mangling my black characters and characters of color?
I'm reading about this American Dirt thing, where this white woman has written an atrociously bungled and ill advised story of a Mexican woman, and is being rightfully torn into. And as a white Jewish writer it's giving me pause, in a good way. I'm taking some time to do some serious consideration of what kind of stories I can reasonably expect myself to write, what experiences can I examine.
@emsenn thanks for the boost of my website link! Did you get a chance to look at it or are you just being a nice person?
Yo not to toot my own admin's horn but Monsterpit is so fucking special. It's one of 2 (two!) forks developed by People of Color. The instance itself is very kin and neurodiverent friendly, and just as intolerant to white nonsense as the instances that get All that Noise. The Monsterfork code would make Gargron cry, it's absolutely focused on consent-based interaction. The other fork, Hometown, developed by Darius is equally good in different, and I believe complimentary, ways.
I guess, I want others to know that there's not just 2 or 3 instances administered by PoC, and mastodon is not your only code option. Pay a PoC developer Today!
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