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Let's Go Downtown and Watch the Failparade!
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 never attended a Wiscon, and mostly know this through rather lackadaisically following the events of Racefail but a) they're explicitly a feminist convention that doesn't shy away from politics b) my understanding is that after the events of Racefail the other year, they've been trying harder to make fen of color more welcome. In light of that context, I don't particularly find possibly removing an author as a GoH for writing a racist screed to be a terribly intolerant thing to do. Elizabeth Moon might be a fine and praiseworthy person in other areas, but that doesn't make her post any less bigoted and awful.

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