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We had a thread on this last week, and quickly became apparent that I was nubcake, tapping out on Dragonlance and Octavia Butler. Anyway here's an interesting piece of writing on the role of nonwhites in fantasy and sci-fi. I think I'll just follow the discussion below and take notes. It's interesting because, as a kid, I never gave this subject much thought. I remember my lecturing me and my brother Malik about the Drow. I also love that in WoW the "Drow" are the good guys, and the "high elves" are evil.

But I grew up in a house where the pantheon was Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X and Nat Turner. From that perspective, D&D, comics, sci-fi was almost a retreat, a vacation away from the real. Blackness was all around me, so I tended to cut some slack in the world of fantasy. I don't know. Maybe too much...

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