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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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Also, I've been reading her journal for years, and she is constantly speaking out against bigotry, intolerance, and social injustice. I think she deserves to be cut some slack.

A lot of people *are* cutting her some slack, in that they are being polite and reasonable about pointing out to her where she has made some incorrect assumptions (for example that all Muslims are immigrants) as well as some hurtful and offensive statements, and imploring her to think and reexamine her words.

Her past speaking out may mean she deserves to be engaged in conversation about those things rather than just dismissed or yelled at, and that's what a lot of people are trying to do. It DOES NOT mean that what she said isn't hurtful, offensive, or incorrect. It does not mean that she doesn't deserve criticism for the offensive things she said.

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