It’s amazing someone hasn’t sued the hell out of this organization yet, as Fiannawolf posts a crazy exchange this morning:
As Cat Rambo mentions, it’s not about equality, it was never about equality. it’s “equity”. They believe black Americans are so disadvantaged and so unable to act for themselves that white members of the club have to pay the $100 or whatever fee to make sure they can survive.
So much for ever thinking of this as a professional organization.
What they are doing with preferring one race over another by giving certain benefits is also illegal under California anti-discrimination laws, and the organization is a California corporation.
I already have been painfully made aware of the deep-seated racism Cat Rambo and Mary Robinette Kowal have by the way they treated me, a Hispanic author, as a second class citizen.
It seems they’re willing to completely destroy their social club (all SFWA is) in order to try to hold onto their power and white privilege.
It gets even crazier when you look at their most recent blog post, which is about how much abuse is going on at conventions and the failure to stop it:
As a survivors’ advocate and community culture analyst, I am exhausted. I’m sure you are too. Lately, it seems not a day can go by without a favorite SF/F artist or beloved author issuing a public apology for how they’ve chosen to conduct themselves in our community spaces—in our convention halls, workshops, panels, and dealers’ rooms. Just when the debris and disappointment is cleaned up, another prominent member of our community is exposed for harassment or sexual predation. Also, like you, I’m appalled, and I hurt for the members of our community that’ve been preyed upon and diminished by these bad actors.
I feel anger for how long the victims have had to be quiet out of fear for safety or loss of professional opportunity. I’m sure you share many of these same concerns. It is unthinkable that a person can be preyed upon, then have their own career/community standing suffer for it. But this is a reality for some.
So, I’m writing to ask a question: what do you feel is our ethical responsibility to our abuse survivors?
Maybe they should consider stopping allowing advocates of pedophilia into their club, and there would be less abuse? Just a thought.