On The Comments Section & The Blog

We have some new readers.  Some of the older readers have been forgetting the spirit in which we maintain this board.  So, here are some reminders about the comments:

If you are not here to talk about both race and pop culture, you should not be here.

This should go without saying, but if you aren’t interested in discussing race and pop culture, or racial identity, this is not the blog for you.  Any comments that start with “this isn’t about race” are generally deleted immediately – we don’t even bother to finish reading.  If you want to introduce another element (i.e., I think there is a discussion of class to be considered here…) by all means, do so.  But discounting race is not going to work here.

If you are not here to share and learn from people of different backgrounds, you should not be here.

If you do not believe in mixed race identity, this is not the blog for you.  If you only care about your ethnic group (and feel the need to pull conversations away from the experiences of others) this is not the blog for you.  If you don’t think other minorities have it as hard as your group, this is not the spot for you.  At Racialicious, we realize we are all in this together.  If you disagree, there are plenty of other blogs to read.

Stop playing the Oppression Olympics.

Our comment guidelines say this:

6. Let’s avoid oppression olympics please. I’m not saying it’s never something to be discussed, but generally speaking, bickering over who has it worse off, or who’s more racist, is really kind of useless.

This has been happening more and more as of late.  Andrea Smith has a more nuanced take on what this means, but in general, it’s a bad idea, and one we don’t want to see here.

Don’t steer the conversation off-topic.

Don’t like what we are discussing? Don’t comment. Skip to the next post.  But don’t sit there and derail when others are trying to make a point.  The threads on the Invictus film were a damn shame.  Nadra (and later Arturo) took great pains to look at a non obvious issue – western privilege and how all blacks are seen as the same in the eyes of Hollywood, and many commenters wanted to talk about Matt Damon.  Which is fine – except the article isn’t about Matt Damon.  If you can’t engage with the topic at hand, do not engage at all. Ditto for asking why we aren’t talking about ___ issue.  Don’t be rude and try to take the floor. If you have a suggestion for a post, email team@racialicious.com.  But don’t try to steal someone else’s space.

Use sources when discussing controversial claims.

We allow links to back up your assertions.  Please remember, outlandish comments or accusations will not be tolerated in this space without a pertinent – and credible – link to back up your argument.

Beware of ventriloquy.

Don’t try to co-opt some one else’s experience to make your own point, or to invalidate another commenter.

Check your own privilege.

This blog is written from a primarily American prospective on race.  However, as we continue to grow in readership, we gain valuable insights about race from all over the globe.  Let’s listen to these perspectives.  In addition to this, remember that most people have some kind of privilege – remember that most people have some kind of privilege:  gender (i.e. being a cisgender person), sexuality (i.e. being heterosexual, liking non-kinky sex), class, ability, geography, body size or shape — the list goes on. A privilege is not a value judgment on your character. Accept it, acknowledge it, and move on.

Ultimately, we want this space to be for people who want to discuss race, not argue for the status quo, or argue for the sake of arguing.

Don’t be a jerk. If you are just arguing with someone for the purpose of trying to sound smart, or if you disagree without thinking about how you might learn from their differing perspective, you are not making a constructive contribution to our community.

Also, please remember, we now have three moderators watching the site, sometimes four.  If you are wondering why your comment was deleted, and have reviewed the comments moderation policy, please email the team (not Latoya) with the name of the post you commented on, your username, and the gist of the comment.  Once we delete something, it’s gone, and we generally will not remember what you wrote.  If too many of your comments violate our moderation policy, you will be banned from commenting.

Also, some clarifications about who we are, and what we do:

We are not a part of the media

We often receive emails about practices of the mainstream media, with the request that “you, as members of the media…”

Umm, hold that thought.

Racialicious is not the media – we critique media and pop culture.  Big difference.  Correspondent Nadra Kareem is a journalist by trade.  Carmen Van Kerckhove, Fatemeh Fakhraie and Latoya Peterson straddle these boundaries.  Carmen often works with the media, Carmen and Latoya often give interviews, Latoya is currently eking out a living as a writer and a blogger (when she started here, she was working at a website), and Fatemeh just published a textbook, and is looking to transition into a media related position.  Thea Lim is in an MFA program and teaches.  Arturo Garcia is working in an unrelated field. Jessica Yee is busy spearheading her Indigenous Sexual Health organization.  Wendi Muse works for a non-profit in NYC.  Andrea Plaid works in corporate America.  Do we have some influence? A little.  Can we affect wide sweeping change? Not on our own – that’s why we write and blog here, in hopes that the people we reach on our small platform will be able to use what we do here to help advocate for the changes they want to see in their day to day lives.

We are a volunteer blog

Also, keep in mind that Racialicious is a volunteer based service.  We do not have ads, we do not accept donations. Carmen pays all hosting and design fees out of pocket, as well as providing Latoya, Arturo, and Thea a small stipend for taking on additional blog responsibilities.   While we try to accommodate most suggestions for content, our time is limited, and constrained by the demands of work and life outside of the blogosphere. We try to be timely, but often, that just cannot happen.  And, while we appreciate all the tips sent in, any demands will be ignored. We are not obligated to do anything for anyone.   And since our writers generally offer their work here, for free, in order to interact with an engaged and informed community, we will do everything in our power to keep the community a rewarding one to participate in – for you and for those of us on the back end. If the comments section becomes a place we do not want to visit, we see no point in maintaining it.

Racialicious is not a democracy.

Carmen is the publisher.  Latoya is the editor.  Thea is the deputy editor.  Arturo is the comment moderator.  We often ask the writers for input on blog direction and policy. We are the ones who make the rules for engaging in this space and we expect those rules to be followed.  If you have a problem with that, there are thousands upon thousands of others blogs on the internet.