Sirsova Publishing, author John Dale Arrows and other authors are issuing statements condemning the recently announced black material policy of American Science Fiction and American Fantasy Writer (SFWA).
SFWA’s official Twitter account announces its new policy: “U.S. science fiction and fiction writers have unanimously approved a joint statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and an action plan to support the careers of science fiction black writers.”
The American Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Board has unanimously approved a joint statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and an action plan to support the careers of science fiction and fictional black writers. Full statement: https://t.co/fNcC7fgtnp pic.twitter.com/1ugOrgRhDc
– American science fiction and fantasy writers (@SFWA), June 4, 2020
Three more images were shared with more details.
In their first statement, they supported Black Lives Matter.
Beginning: “People ask if there could be a world like Octavia Butler’s ‘Sowing Example.’
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The statement continued: “Anti-harassment policy alone is not enough and we call it good. In the interests of justice and diversity, we must listen to the following voices, the larger ecosystem of expression in science fiction and fantasy genres, to enhance our integration into our writing community and life. “
The statement concluded with support for Black Lives Matter: “We support Black Lives Matter and the protesters who have sought justice for centuries for white supremacy and police brutality.”
The statement begins: “We acknowledge that in many cases the SFWA has grossly ignored and reinforced the tradition of lawlessness, systematic obstruction and unreasonable racism, especially against blacks who have contributed at this time.”
It continues: “We have allowed those who have spoken out for SFWA change to be oppressed by those who insisted on status. It is our responsibility to acknowledge our failures and to continue our commitment to breaking down these oppressive and harmful systems, both within the organization and within ourselves. “
Finally, they outlined an action plan that the company would adopt.
Beginning: “SFWA has taken the first step in cleaning our house and making the community safer for black writers.”
The first steps are then listed:
- In June, 100% of registration for the 2020 Nebula Convention online content will go directly to the Carl Brandon Company and the Black Speculative Fiction Society.
- We are creating the right program to create a place for every black writer bought this month for the 2020 Nebula Online Congress.
- For next year, we will mock the SFW membership fee for black writers.
- We will waive the registration fee for black writers to attend the Nebula Conference next year.
- We are creating a travel fund to suspend the circle of black writers at the Nebula Conference.
- We are committed to liaising with fantastic and fantastic organizations led by blacks to provide additional grant money.
They will further work on posting on their site.
He continued: “Many feel helpless against racist terrorism, but with the time, money and resources available, we all have the opportunity to participate. This is more important than ever for our choices. “
“From science fiction and fiction writing we know that the current phenomenon could have been avoided, but our nation has chosen to avoid it. If we can work together as a community to eradicate white supremacy, we can still choose a just and equal future, ”he added.
People are encouraged to donate to the list of companies equipped by Black Lives Matter.
This list includes:
- Black Scientific Fiction Society
- FIAEH magazine on black speculative fiction
- Carl Brandon Agency
- Black tribe
- Colorful people in book publishing
- I need different games
- We need lots of books
In response to this response and the action plan, Sirsova Publishing condemned SFWA for its discrimination, saying it condemned “support for domestic terrorism where” action in support of minorities “is involved.
They wrote on Twitter: “As the Spanish editor of a highly diverse publication, we condemn any form of discrimination on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity or other irrevocable characteristics!”
They added: “We also condemn support for internal terrorism, which describes the act of ‘supporting minorities’.”
As the Spanish editor of the highly diverse publication, we condemn any form of discrimination based on caste, gender, race or other immutable characteristics!
We also condemn support for internal terrorism, which describes the act of ‘supporting minorities’. https://t.co/nESFOIQI1e
– Sirsova: Pulp-Punk Magazine (@Krisova), 5 June 2020
The author of the scent of the Colony Launch and the Nano Templar trilogy, Nove Panaceae John del Arrows, also condemned the SFW and described their work plan as “obvious racism.”
I condemn SFWA’s brutal racism: //t.co/uMuZnYpEx8
– The first cosmic war – Now! (@JondelRoros), 5 June 2020
He also described the plan as “an insult to African Americans, claiming they can’t pay their fees and discriminating against on-black species.” He reiterated, “I clearly condemn SFWA racism.”
It is insulting to African Americans who claim they are unable to pay their fees and also discriminates against non-black species. I strongly condemn the racism of SFWAHWS: //t.co/uMuZnYpEx8
– The first cosmic war – Now! (@JondelRoros), 5 June 2020
Dale Arrows reiterated in a message on his blog, “Mary Robinet Coyle and the Board of Directors condemn racist behavior as soon as possible. Competitive priority treatment flies against any situation the United States mentions, and the fight against this type of conflict must be fought in every race except for one. “
Speaking to Comics, Dale Arrows said, “By category, I reject the blatant racism portrayed in the SFWA by Mary Robinett Cowal and her chronicles. We will look for legal solutions. “
Others responded to SFWA’s remarks and action plan on Twitter.
Eleanor author Jennifer Marie Bresset writes: “What if we were talking about the fact that SFWA-approved journals still have 0% black writers – me and others and called for my attention in the #blakespec report? “
He added: “Black PPL does not want his love. We want equal and fair treatment.”
If we discuss the decision that several SWFA-approved journals have 0% black authors – a question I brought to my attention and that of others, as well as #blakespec reports? Black PPL does not want your love. We want equal and fair treatment.
– Jennifer Mary Brisette (@Jenbriset), 5 June 2020
One Twitter user replied, “He is very smart. Fighting against racism. Then there will be more racism on both sides. They added, “It counts for a lifetime. The alternative is racism. “
Very clever. Fighting against racism. Then there will be more racism on both sides.
Every life counts.
Alternatives to racism
– Latin X (@RealLatinX), 5 June 2020
SFWA President Mary Robinet Cowell responded, “Every life makes racists successful. F *** you and your troll ass
All life is racist shit.
Lucky myself and the troll’s ass.
– Mary Robinette (email protected) (@MeriRobinet), 5 June 2020
Kit San Chah, author of the Danzion Samurai and Babylon Blues, also condemned the SFWA’s action plan.
“As a writer of Chinese descent, I condemn SFWA’s ruthless racist and discriminatory policies,” he wrote. He added: “Equality means equality for all, or there will be no equality for anyone.”
As a writer of Chinese descent, I condemn the SFWA’s ruthless racist and discriminatory policies.
Equality means everyone is equal – or no one will be equal. https://t.co/NjLDx0CkBx
– Kit San Chah (@ Thebenchah), 5 June 2020
Jacob Merkin, author of the Galaxy Ascendant series, and SFW have also been condemned. “As a Jewish writer of North African descent, I condemn the SFWA’s racist and discriminatory policies,” he wrote.
Merkin added, “I’m not happy about an organization that wants to support minorities. Other racist groups will be as racist as they are.”
As a Jewish writer of North African descent, I condemn the SFWA’s racist and discriminatory policies.
I am reluctant to take on an organization that supports minorities.
The specialty of other racist groups will be as much as racist. https://t.co/39Pe7udBxf
– They’re financing the worthy sacrifice! (@Yakovmarkin), 5 June 2020
Liftoff or Under the Sky, Blue and the What in One Name, Louis Lozno, author of the short story SFWA, also described the work plan as racist.
He wrote, “I am sorry for the apparent racism of the SFWA. For a community, this needs to be done for all disadvantaged and marginal writers like me. What is SFWA against Latino, Asian and others? “
I’m sorry about the SFW’s blatant racism. For a community, this needs to be done for all disadvantaged and marginal writers like me. What is SFWA against Latino, Asian and others? https://t.co/pBP8vTC65y
– Louis Lozno (weldorite), 5 June 2020
** Editor’s note: John Dale Arrows wrote for comics comics in the past.