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Let's Go Downtown and Watch the Failparade!
illyria
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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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There was definitely plenty of miscellaneous nitwittery and trolling in the comments, no doubt (which, along with just having noticed this, is the main reason I didn't comment there). But that doesn't excuse the original post.

I don't think, as many of the commenters on the OP seemed to, that writing this post makes EM a big ol' unforgivable dyed-in-the-wool racist whose books we should all boycott (or at whom we should blow raspberries at during her Wiscon speech, or whatever). But there is significant inherent (maybe unconscious) bias/bigotry apparent in her words and conclusions, and I do hope that the furor prompts her to reexamine her assumptions about such matters.

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