I have been staying away from this issue while the rest of the specfic community falls further and further into finger-pointing chaos. I have been following the SFWA’s mess, and all its attendant blog posts, cursing under my breath as appropriate. But this latest nonsense hit home.
I will not link to Mr. Beale’s post. That is because I do not link to sites that speak of the people of Africa, the Caribbean disapora and anyone else who isn’t Caucasian, in the most vile and hateful terms possible. And that’s completely aside from his misogyny. But you can feel free to look him up if you want your eyeballs to explode from the sheer hatefulness the internet contains.
As an aside, I really wish he and his commenters would stop talking about Europe, Africa and the Caribbean disapora–it’s painfully clear they have almost no knowledge of any of these places, their peoples or their history, particularly when it relates to the experiences of those of colour. But they are quick to point out how great white people are–noting, for example, that it only took “26 years” for the British to abolish slavery. No comment on how long slavery had existed before that. My quarrel, of course, is not with the British, who had nothing to do with these statements. It’s with the sick, incredibly pathetic, twisted mind that actually uses the words ‘Gibon’ to describe people of colour in this day and age and that encourages commenters of this ilk to congregrate on his blog to edify us ‘rabbit’ people with their collective idiocy.
Let me be clear. I am a woman who writes spec fic. I am a woman of colour who writes spec fic. I don’t live in the US, but I do believe that my brain, and the brain of most other people who write spec fic, weigh the same and work the same way as your standard white, American male who ‘built’ the literature, as Mr. Beale states. However, anytime Mr. Beale has doubts about my ability to be civilized or fears that I will drag his literature down into irrelevance…
…he can go fuck himself with every move in the Kama Sutra.
Good luck getting him out of the SFWA. God knows he doesn’t deserve to be there. Octavia Butler is spinning in her grave.