Friday, August 19, 2016

N. K. Jemisin thinks most of fandom is racist

I either missed this or didn't pay attention to it earlier, but now it seems to be a meme with the anti-sjws, so I thought I should document it. In Things People Need to Understand, issue 223.2 | Epiphany 2.0, Jemisin said,
After I read that book I realized two things: a) that Heinlein was racist as *fuck*, and b) most of science fiction fandom was too.
I haven't read any Heinlein in decades, and I remember being troubled by Farnham's Freehold when I read it at the age of 14 or so. Was it racist, or was it exploring the ramifications of racism by creating a racist society that was the reverse of the US's during the civil rights era? I would have to read it again to give a definitive answer. I ended up giving Heinlein the benefit of the doubt because he was one of the first SF writers to write a very popular novel with a character who has dark skin and a non-Anglo name: Starship Troopers is told from the point of view of Juan Rico, a Filipino,

But to understand that, you have to read critically, which identitarians don't.

As for the notion that most of fandom is racist, Jemisin believes or believed in Critical Race Theory, which posits that all white people are racist because they grew up in a racist society. CRTers make that claim less often now because studies like Project Implicit show it's nonsense, but having the facts against them has never made true believers change their minds. Whether Jemisin still thinks most of fandom is racist, I don't know. Someone should ask her.

It's possible she has had a wake-up call, as Malcolm X did. One of many things he said that I love him for:
"I totally reject Elijah Muhammad's racist philosophy, which he has labeled 'Islam' only to fool and misuse gullible people as he fooled and misused me. But I blame only myself, and no one else for the fool that I was, and the harm that my evangelical foolishness on his behalf has done to others." —Malcolm X
ETA: The Man Who Changed Middle-Class Feminism, or Derrick Bell and Critical Race Theory, Where Racism and Anti-Racism Intersect