The short answer?
We live in a racist world and that world doesn’t stop existing when someone crosses over some kind of threshold to fandom.
The long answer?
In fact, because fandom communities are insular and twist themselves in circles to avoid engaging meaningfully with things that disturb the peace that they’ve surrounded themselves in –
The racism that folks have as baggage lugged around offline? Gets stuffed full of more racism and carted around to other fandoms.
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