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Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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I'd call him a Neanderthal...
... but I don't want to insult the proud Neanderthal in most of us.

Theodore Beale, known also as Vox Day, ladies and gentlemen. Here's his original post in response to N.K. Jemisin and her Continuum speech.

If you're sensitive to obvious racism, misogyny, and other traits that sound appropriate for someone wearing a white hood while burning a cross, I'd recommend not clicking the first link. I'm an optimist most of the time; I thought attitudes like this were reserved for 70+ Southern guys who were steadfastly refusing to recognize we'd passed the 1950s, let alone entered the 21st century. Instead, I see with great depression that this twit is actually a young punk, 6 years younger than I am.

If I were in the SFWA, I'd be supporting Amal El-Mohtar in her call to have Beale kicked out.

The worst part of this is that a small, but significant, group of people *IN* SFWA (about 10% of the vote) voted for this... being... as an officer, the HIGHEST officer, of the organization. And it is not like his attitudes were secret before all this happened. (that link gives you a purer sample of misogyny, though no direct racism)

I rarely get involved in politics. My political positions don't entirely agree with those on the Right (a large proportion of my fellow Baen authors) or on the Left, and I spent plenty of years on Usenet igniting flamewars; I have grown (mostly) out of enjoying making people foam at the mouth, and actually tend to just leave arguments when I find myself getting emotionally worked up (whether or not I'm "winning" or "losing" or even right or wrong as I view things).

I'm also pretty tolerant of opposing views, even ones espousing things I don't like. I think that basic freedom of speech also includes my responsibility to accept that I don't have a right to NOT be offended, and that people can, and will, and even should, say and believe things I find offensive, within pretty broad limits.

But there ARE limits, and this guy goes past them.

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