I saw this on my Facebook page today (apparently it was posted some time yesterday) and though I normally would just ignore something like this, I do want to state my side for the record since I was tagged.
Dennis Upkins is releasing his second novel, West of Sunset, and is planning to do a Virtual Book tour. I reviewed the dreamcast for it and I'll be honest; I was surprised. Upkins has often criticized the lack of diversity in mainstream media, and so I wondered why his white characters outnumbered his characters of color. A few weeks ago, I asked why. Upkins explained his reasons quite logically and assured me he was writing exactly what he wants to write. I accepted this and was ready to move on.
But then, Mr. Upkins brought up a time years back when he'd asked to write for the Blasian Narrative and was declined because it's a safe space for AMBW (Asian men/black women). This upset him.
Once again, I was surprised. I could be wrong, but personally, I've never perceived Denny Upkins to be particularly vested in the Blasian world. I expressed this, stating anyone who knows Denny knows his taste in men (and doesn't care). So you can understand my confusion as to why writing for an Asian men/black women blog was so important to a black man with, at best, a muted interest in Asian men and no particularly special insight into AMBW overall.
Now, I was happy to disagree with Mr. Upkins in private and peacefully go our separate ways. But since he's decided to go public (and tag me along), I figured I might as well be heard since we know a lot of people in common and some of them are probably wondering what's going on.
That being said, this will be the last time I speak on this; folks can take from it what they will. I do not regret asking Denny Upkins why he cast mainly white characters in his upcoming book; a writer should be prepared for questions and criticism at all times. It goes with the job. And as for his romantic life, once again: I don't care. He has his taste in men, and I have mine.