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The Highlander Rule of PoCs

There’s been a long acknowledged rule when it comes to people of color (PoCs) being involved in things.

“Things”? What kind of “things”? How about the boards of tech companies? Darold Cuba states in The Loud Fight Against Silicon Valley’s Quiet Racism that “Just three companies—Microsoft, Oracle and—have a black or Hispanic person on their boards.” Emphasis totally added, y’all. The Chemical & Engineering News list of the ‘Talented 12includes one PoC, Dr. Hosea Nelson.  What other things? Scripted TV or news shows, science fiction & fantasy writers? Check and check and check!

What things have you noticed THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE PoC? Share in the comments! And no, we don’t need you to tell us about exceptions to The Highlander Rule. We know them all.



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DrRubidium is an analytical chemist that spends her days finding needles in needlestacks. Also a science communicator, she focuses on the the science behind everyday stuff and pop culture.

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  1. American Ballet Theatre… took them 75 years to promote WoC to Principal Dancers. Kudos to Misty Copeland and Stella Abrera, by the by :)

    1. Native American and Indigenous Studies Association recently increased the number of real 100% legit Indians in their ranks by 500% by hiring five people.

      At this rate, you might be more capable of evening than I am. ;)

  2. I’ve been using that phrase about Women and Black people, when reviewing SFF shows for my blog. Just snarking about it.

    I totally did not know this was an actual thing people said.

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