Post WisCon and continuing to watch the big list of Race!Fail/Mammoth!Fail links grow, I was curious when the conversation peaked and if there were any signals if this particular iteration of a discussion about race in fandom had reached its peak. So I looked at this version of the list and counted up the number of posts. From what I’ve gathered looking around, it is one of the best lists of its kind and is helpfully broken down by date. It doesn’t include everything but I’m assuming that the links are representative enough across that posting totals give an overall accurate picture. Doing that, we get the following chart:
It looks like it took about a week for people to really start responding to the Elizabeth Bear precipitating event. That discussion lasted from about January 12 to January 28th before it dropped off.
Things got kick started again big time when there was the Will Shetterly, John Scalzi, trying to get published authors to renounce racism events. This started in early March and ended by around March 22.
Things were relatively quiet and stayed quiet until May 8th or so when Mammoth!Fail happened.
This situation looks like it will continue. How it will continue looks largely based on how those responding to anti-racist react and if the anti-racists find new books that they deem racists and how the alleged racist material is responded to by the author or their friends. Those two things seem to be defining catalysts. Each event seems to take two to three weeks to work through.