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May 17 2017

Editor Destroyed for Advocating Writing About People From Other Cultures

Totalitarian ideologies do not hesitate to devour their own servants. It is through terror that rigid, unquestioning compliance is assured. For example, Stalin’s apparatchiks lived in constant fear that they would suddenly be denounced for imaginary thought crimes and either be shot or be banished to a gulag. A more recent example, from Canada’s soft tyranny:

The Writer’s Union of Canada, which publishes the quarterly magazine Write: The Magazine of The Writers’ of Union of Canada, just issued a public apology online after one of their editors, Hal Niedzviecki, wrote an article in Write magazine titled, “Winning the Appropriation Prize,” in defense of allowing non-Native writers to “write what you don’t know.”

The idea of Niedzviecki’s piece is that white fiction writers should include characters that are not white, even though they cannot directly know what it’s like not to be white. This is what writers do: put themselves in other people’s shoes. If all writers could write about was what it was like to be a writer, they wouldn’t have many readers. Tolstoy was never Napoleon; that didn’t stop him from writing War and Peace.

Imagine the outcry if someone called for excluding nonwhite characters from fiction.

Yet Niedzviecki, who was unlikely to have achieved his position without being a liberal, was viciously denounced for thought crime.

From the official statement from the Writer’s Union of Canada:

The Writers’ Union of Canada deeply regrets the pain and offence caused by an opinion article in our member publication, Write magazine. The Writer’s Prompt piece offended and hurt readers, contributors to the magazine and members of the editorial board. We apologize unequivocally. …

The editor of Write magazine has resigned from his position, and the Union has accepted his resignation.

Writing about nonwhites is now considered to “silence” nonwhites. Advocating it is proactively forbidden, and thus Niedzviecki must be destroyed for his transgression.

How can you write anything remotely honest in an environment dominated by totalitarian witch-burners who might declare anything you say to be heresy, no matter how sensible or well-meaning? You can’t. This is why there weren’t any more Tolstoys after the communists took over Russia.

Behold Niedzviecki’s thought crime (click for full size):

He will henceforth be known in his field as an unclean oppressor of Sacred Indigenous Peoples.

At least Niedzviecki only had his career wrecked, instead of having to work himself to death at a labor camp in Siberia. But the stultifying effect on the culture is the same.

On a tip from Varla.



  • THOUGHTCRIMINAL2084

    Our Bolshevik Butchering overlords have big plans for us and they keep tipping anyone who pays attention to what they are – hint, we will not be allowed to breathe regardless of the contortions we are forced to perform.

  • FeatherBlade

    And if you don’t write about non-white characters, you are racist, discriminatory, and insufficiently inclusive.

    A very strange game. The only winning more is to not play.

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  • Occam’s Stubble

    Hal Niedzviecki doesn’t roll off the tongue like Emmanuel Goldstein but I guess it will have to do.

  • Anonymous
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  • Mr. Freemarket

    I can see Russia from here. I have no idea what Putin can see…and I don’t want to know.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Clearly creative writing isn’t what it used to be….

    If you aren’t a woman, you can’t write about being a woman.

    If you aren’t an alien, you can’t write about being an alien.

    If you aren’t a cow, you can’t write about your life as a cow.

  • Spiny Norman

    SHUTUPPERY FOR THE WIN!

    >_<

  • Spiny Norman

    The lickspittle media thinks that proves how “authentic” Barry is, see?

  • TED

    AND that just proves how “STUPID” and LEFTIST (but I repeat) the media IS.

  • Summerwarmth

    This means Leftists can only write about being lying amoral corrupt pedophiles who are total hypocrites – /s

  • geeknerd

    So, that pretty much precludes all science fiction involving space aliens. Since a human cannot know what it’s like to be a Vulcan, or a Cardassian, or a Romulan, or a Klingon, you cannot include them in your writing.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Correct. That is why, for example, there are so many Hollywood movies that include prostitutes and crime lords.

  • Ol’ Uncle Lar

    ” The only winning move is to not play.”
    Exactly. And that’s a “win” for them.

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