Amal El-Mohtar grabs a screenshot of notorious misogynist, racist Theodore Beale, who calls himself ‘Vox Day’ who recently blogged some horrible things (and threats) about SF writer N.J. Jemisin (Jim Hines has more context for you here). Beale ran for president of SFWA recently, and is an exemplar of the sort of science fiction fan who sends me hate mail fairly often for the type of books I write. Amal quotes the threats and hate Beale has here:
(Via Calling for the Expulsion of Theodore Beale from SFWA | Amal El-Mohtar.)
I draw your attention to this paragraph written by Beale, and captured in screenshot Amal blogged up and wrote about, here:
Unlike the white males she excoriates, there is no evidence to be found anywhere on the planet that a society of NK Jemisins is capable of building an advanced civilization, or even successfully maintaining one without significant external support from those white males.
I get email from white, libertarian fans of SF who read my work and realize my hero is black. Whenever I have a new book launch, I get emails that say the above with depressing regularity. My books are too ‘fantastic’ because they posit Caribbean people running and building starships. (This is doubly ironic b/c my last book was nominated for the Liberterian SF award for SF: The Prometheus. I’m honored to be nominated, but I will be brutally honest, when I heard I was nominated I was excited, and then I remembered that when Ragamuffin was nominated and the notice went out and libertarian SF readers read it, I got a stream of abuse and personal guarantees that I’d get my ‘ass kicked’ if said people ever met me in person at an SF con, so it just made me somewhat tired. In other news, I’ll be at Worldcon this year).
I’ve been on panels where I have heard that above statement expressed as well.
I tend to forget that not everyone gets that sort of thing in their inbox with depressing regularity, I’m a bit inured to it. But 500 (correction, 50, I got bad information. 50 is less stressful, thank goodness. 50 is 10% of the 500 who voted. SFWA has thousands of members, not sure how many [‘over 1,800,’ according to website)]. 10% voted for Beale) of my fellow members of SFWA voted for this guy, so there’s that.
As for the being threatened, that’s come to. If there are specifics, I tend to forward the email to authorities. I’d hate to get shot by some random fan for daring write about black people in outer space and not have forwarded on any leads…
Addendum: This is not a general SFWA slam. This is a ‘A loud, aggressive percentage of fandom, including people who make it into SFWA, are straight up loudly racist, and this is the sort of thing they direct my way. Go look’ sort of post.