Thoughts About International Blog Against Racism Week

Over the past few days, I’ve thought about the value of having an International Blog Against Racism Week. Why do we need a special week for such a thing? Surely it’s like Systems Administrator Day. Just like you should cherish a good sysadmin all year long, it’s not just one week out of the 56 when one can read or blog about racism.

All the same, I liked IBARW in the end, and I think it’s a good thing all around.

From my personal viewpoint, it was a good thing because it’s very hard for me to remember that there’s lots of people thinking about this topic in constructive terms (some very… off posts here and there, but overall IBARW was good stuff). I only felt encouraged to blog myself about a few hundred links into it all, which is something, because I usually withhold from musing on this topic, much less for 1500 words or so.

I was even encouraged to the point of sharing something rotten that lies very deep within me.

The process of writing that particular entry in turn encouraged me, even before I knew that people actually liked the thing instead of spitting on it, to write Oh No, Mammoth Books of X, No. Without reading a lot and blogging a little in IBARW, I don’t think I ever would have thought about writing such a thing—much less in the turnaround I did it in.

Post-IBARW I’m more comfortable writing about racism. The cost to myself, as I discovered in the course of writing about the funny thing that happened to me at the grocery store, or about the Mammoth Book, remains the same: a lot of self-hatred that never, ever ebbs. But I see more value in myself writing and blogging about such things, even if other people could do it better.

Anyways, we have all sorts of Days and Weeks across quite a few cultures. They almost never mean “we should only appreciate X {on Day|during Week}”, but “every day we should appreciate X”. But the thing about the everyday is that we forget. We shouldn’t, but we do.

A final note: I am humbled that people liked A Funny Thing Happened to Me At the Grocery Store the Other Day. “The other day” was, of course, three months ago, because I couldn’t bear to write about it until I ran into IBARW.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts About International Blog Against Racism Week

  1. Arachne, I got to this post on my Reader feed, read it and started jumping to all the links, and their links, and so on. That was around 8 am (it’s after 11 now). Thank you, again, for stepping up regardless of the personal cost. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your candor, thoughts and bravery.

  2. Hello Dawno!

    Thanks, and I’m glad IBARW led you to lots of good reading.

    I’m definitely participating in next year’s IBARW.

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