Racefail and Coffeeandink

A note about Racefail's timeline: Jay Lake and Ben Peek wrote blog posts arguing that women and people of color needed to be better-represented in f&sf. Then Coffeeandink, a white woman, criticized their efforts by comparing them to "white men of varying political allegiances who try to discuss racism, sexism, and colonialism". The flames of war were already burning among fandom's identitarians when Elizabeth Bear wrote the post that some fans say started it all.

For more: the racefail 09 flamewar, a timeline.

1. The only amusing thing about the Racefail '09 flamewar is that if you use dictionary definitions, no racists were involved. In Monty Python terms, it was the People's Front of Judea versus the Judean People's Front.

For more: Racefail 09

2. During Racefail 09, Coffeeandink quoted me out of context to imply I believe something I do not. I've never said racism no longer exists or matters. During the Civil Rights struggle, I bled from the blows of racists. Racism will matter until the last racist is dead.

My belief is that class matters more than race if you're trying to understand injustice in the modern USA. I agree with historian Eric Williams that “Slavery was not born of racism: rather, racism was the consequence of slavery,” and with Malcolm X that “You can't have capitalism without racism.”

Coffeeandink's side in Racefail 09 hated talking about class so much that it's a square on their racist bingo card. Her only comment on class came late in the flamewar—her statement that she sees class as "a significant axis of oppression separate from but interacting with race and gender" sums up the neoliberal view: by disconnecting class from race, they can ignore the basic privilege in any capitalist society, the privilege of wealth.

For more: Diversity In Fantasy And Science Fiction

3. For years, Coffeeandink used her full legal name in public, google-searchable posts on her LiveJournal, and her user name was her extremely rare first name. 
She linked her legal name with her LJ on other sites, too—for example, on the first International Pixel-Stained Techno-Peasant Day, she shared on her LJ a story published under her legal name. She was so casual about linking her name and her LJ that from 2007 to 2009, K. Tempest Bradford hot-linked Coffeeandink's legal name and her LJ in articles at Fantasy Magazine.

On March 7, almost a full week after I made the error of ironically claiming I was outing her, she admitted that she had not been pseudonymous. In a public post addressed to Kathryn Cramer, she said,
Please also explain how I was hiding my identity from you or the Nielsen Haydens in a LiveJournal pnh friended a few years ago, with a user profile that lists my very identifiable first name, in a post that is signed with my very identifiable first name.

Despite that, Coffeeandink continued to declare she was pseudonymous and the people who named her were "outing" her. Several weeks later, she changed her user handle, made private the posts where she had used her name, and changed her LJ settings to "no robots" so Google would forget her. Neither she nor her friends have ever answered this question: If she truly believed she had been pseudonymous, why did she change her public record?

Ironically, the year before Racefail, Coffeeandink participated in the outing and terrorizing of Zathlazip, a woman who had made an effort to be pseudonymous.

For much too much more: The Retroactive Pseudonymity of Micole “Mely” Coffeeandink. Perhaps the most relevant bit there is from a lawyer who blogs as Sierrawyndsong:
In December 2007: The article titled Fantasy Roundtable: People of Color in Fantasy Literature, written by K. Tempest Bradford and published by Dark Fantasy, links an author’s name to their LJ account. ... This same article has been used very often in numerous blogs concerning race issues in SciFi genre and has always contained the link. So, not just there, but in many, many posts, this article has made it very public who that author is in real life. Therefore, it is a MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD. Get it? Got it? Good.
ETA: There's more about Coffeeandink's desire for retroactive pseudonymity in Fanfic has a child porn problem, and more about Samuel R. Delany.

ETA 2: A call for kindness inspired by Requireshate and Racefail 09

ETA 3: Tidying up: An apology for Julia Sparkymonster, Micole Coffeeandink, and Mary Dell