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Let's Go Downtown and Watch the Failparade!
illyria
catvalente
Oh, Elizabeth Moon! How could you write a post like that knowing it was bound raise a stink? The only answer is malice. Good citizens don't do that sort of thing, you know.

Honestly, though I know ours is a small community and in the larger scheme we are not terribly important, I am continually embarrassed every time someone raises a rock and exposes how much prejudice is still crawling around at the bottom of the SFF world. I want us, whose job it is to chronicle the future and a wealth of alternatives to the here and now, to be better than this. Why are we not better than this? How can people who make it their business to imagine and empathize with the truly alien offer such meager treatment to other humans?


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I've managed to avoid reading it, despite several links to it showing up on my FL. Sooner or later I will succumb, I suspect...

If you want a summary... crap, I can't LJ-cut in a comment...

Uhm...

STOP READING IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERSSS!!!

Seriously... stop.

Okay, if you're still reading the summary is this: "Long diatribe about being a Good Citizen(tm) that is actually easy to agree with. Only Good Citizens(tm) don't upset people. Dirty Muslims building Park51 are upsetting people. Therefore, they aren't good citizens. And us white, middle-class priveledged Good Citizens(tm) are getting tired of extending Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness to them because we own them and can't you just THANK US FOR OUR TOLERANCE OF YOUR INFERIORITY!"

And, and an in-ept metaphor for that American Muslims are an ethnic group, not a religion. And something about Muslims being unfit for citizenship because of their religion.

...

I think that gets the salient points.

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