"there is no neutrality when bigotry is the status quo"
August 17, 2013 2:08 PM Subscribe
posted by MartinWisse (88 comments total)
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"So lately I haven’t talked about how infuriating it’s been to be told I was “asking for it” — “it” being Mr. Beale’s racist, sexist abuse and that of his commentariat. (What was I wearing? My skin.) I’ve watched ostensibly reasonable people ask whether it’s racist to call an entire group of people savages — no, really — and I haven’t talked about how nauseating that was. I’ve seen fellow SFWA members suggest that there must be room in the organization for white supremacy, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of bigotry — because of course some members’ right to be assholes should trump all members’ right to operate in professional spaces free of harassment, intimidation, and abuse." -- Fantasy writer N. K. Jemisin comments on the recent sexism/racism crisis in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and her own role in the controversy
A short recap: This particular controversy started with N. K. Jemisin's guest of honour speech
at Continuum, an Austrialian sf con. She attacked for it by Theodore Bale (aka Vox Day), who called her uncivilised and a savage
. This provoked a lot of protest and there were calls to expel Bale from the SFWA, of which he, like Jemisin herself was a member.
Last wednesday Bale was indeed expelled, though the press release the SFWA put out about it neither mentioned him nor the reasons for expulsion
. Bale himself was less reticent
(memetic prophylactic recommended).