Reconciliation: A Response To Theodore Beale

Posted: June 14, 2013 in Critical Hit
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Trigger warning: appalling racism.

There are many kinds of anger.

There is anger at inanimate objects – sleeves getting caught on doorknobs, iPod headphones yanked from ears when the cord snagged unexpectedly. There is anger at circumstance – the ugly day full of mundane evils, the barked shin, the forgotten bill. There is anger at people – the friend who lies, the partner who cheats, the executive who cancels your favourite show. There is anger at power abused – the endless parade of politicians so corrupt that it makes you lose faith in society, the faceless voice from the bank that smugly ups your mortgage. There is anger at personal affront – the stranger who gropes you on the bus, the condescending boss who treats you like dirt.

And there is white-hot anger, so fierce you become the eye within the maelstrom of your own rage, calm as your pulse exceeds the beats of a marathon runner, calm as your fingers grasp and clench, calm as you grip your aggressor’s throat and squeeze.

This last I feel for Theodore Beale.

***

Recently, I blogged about sexism in the SFWA Bulletin. I wrote that piece as a self-declared comic rant, the tone inspired by anger at men who ultimately meant well, however offensive and outdated their efforts at showing it. I received a lot of support for having done so; but of course, there was a flipside. My anger, said some, was unseemly and unprofessional. My arguments were poorly reasoned. I was preaching to the choir. I was the gendered pejorative of choice. But the thing is, I can shrug that off. I deal out enough criticism that I expect to receive my share in return, and whatever form that pushback takes, it very rarely shocks me. By the standards of women on the internet, in fact, I’m pretty lucky. I’ve received a minimum of rape threats, I rarely get called a cunt, and if some of my detractors are uncivil, then I can usually dish it out in return. I was bullied, harassed, attacked and assaulted enough at school for being forthright, female and unfeminine that written threats just don’t chill me the way they used to. (They still chill me, of course. And I didn’t suffer nearly as much as others. Nonetheless, the comparison stands – and no, this isn’t an invitation to try harder.)

The point being, I have privilege, and that privilege protects me. I’m a middle-class, well-educated, straight white ciswoman with a functional, middle-class white family, and however much the misogyny gets to me at times, I can draw on that privilege – on that firmly entrenched sense of self-worth and the emotional, social and financial safety net which supports it – and fight back. I belong to the second most privileged group of people on the planet, and whatever abuse I still suffer regardless of that, I have the cultural status to counter it and be heard. As an individual, therefore, I’m hard to oppress. I have privilege. I have resilience. I have opinions.

And I have anger.

***

Don’t feed the trolls.

Don’t read the comments.

Don’t engage. You’ll only encourage them.

Don’t retaliate. It gives them publicity.

Just ignore them. They’ll go away.

Why bother? This argument never ends.

These comments enrage me as threats against my person don’t and can’t. These comments are apathy. They are exhaustion. They are a concession to the idea that some fights are too big to win, some problems too entrenched to fix, some evils too petty to countermand. I understand them, yes. Some days, I even feel them. But I do not believe them. However drained this interminable process of arguing for my rights and the rights of others leaves me feeling, I am yet to cede the ground. One day, perhaps, though I hope not.

But not yet.

***

Last week, author N. K. Jemisin delivered her Guest of Honour speech at Continuum in Melbourne. It’s a powerful, painful, brilliant piece about racism in SFF, and racism elsewhere; about the barbaric treatment suffered by the Aboriginal peoples of Australia, my home, at the hands of white invaders, politicians, and most of the rest of the populace for the past two hundred-odd years. It’s also a call for Reconciliation within the SFF community: capital R, much like the Reconciliation our government has so belatedly and underwhelmingly – yet so significantly – attempted to make itself. She wrote in response to not only the recent strife within SFWA, but all the endless scandals of racefail and sexism and appropriation which have preceded it within reach of our collective memory; a memory she rightly names as short.

And as a result, Theodore Beale, aka Vox Day – a man whose man affronts to humanity, equality and just about every person on Earth who isn’t a straight white American cismale are so well documented as to defy the utility of cataloguing them here, when all you need do is Google him – has responded to Jemisin with a racist screed so vile and unconscionable that the only surprise is that even he, a man with no apparent shame, felt comfortable putting his name to it.

“Let me be perfectly clear,” he says (my emphasis):

“Jemisin has it wrong; it is not that I, and others, do not view her as human, (although genetic science presently suggests that we are not equally homo sapiens sapiens), it is that we do not view her as being fully civilized for the obvious reason that she is not.

She is lying about the laws in Texas and Florida too. The laws are not there to let whites “just shoot people like me, without consequence, as long as they feel threatened by my presence”, those self defence laws have been put in place to let whites defend themselves by shooting people, like her, who are savages in attacking white people.

Jemisin’s disregard for the truth is no different than the average Chicago gangbanger’s disregard for the law…

Unlike the white males she excoriates, there is no evidence that a society of NK Jemisins is capable of building an advanced civilization, or even successfully maintaining one without significant external support. Considering that it took my English and German ancestors more than one thousand years to become fully civilised  after their first contact with an advanced civilisation, it is illogical to imagine, let alone insist, that Africans have somehow managed to do so in less than half the time with even less direct contact. These things take time.

Being an educated, but ignorant savage, with no more understanding of what it took to build a new literature by “a bunch of beardy old middle-class middle-American guys” than an illiterate Igbotu tribesman has of how to build a jet engine, Jemisin clearly does not understand that her dishonest call for “reconciliation” and even more diversity with SF/F is tantamount to a call for its decline into irrelevance…

Reconciliation is not possible between the realistic and the delusional.

I feel poisoned even typing that. Sickened. Trembling. I cannot even imagine how Jemisin feels. Nor am I attempting to speak for her. She is, without a doubt, one of the most brilliant women – one of the most brilliant people and writers, period – active in SFF today, and my voice in this matter is not a replacement for hers.

I am speaking because it would be a crime against conscience not to.

I am speaking because a world where men like Theodore Beale are left to speak unchallenged by the weariness of their opponents is not a world I want to live  in.

I am speaking because my privilege affords me a chance to be heard.

And I am speaking because of the bodily disgust, the rage and hatred and putrescence I feel for members of my own race, both now and throughout history, who speak of savages and lesser beings, of civilisation and the right to kill those outside or perceived to be incapable of it; who speak, as Beale does, as though people of colour are a genetically different, inferior species of human when compared to his Aryan ancestors.

This is my Reconciliation.

***

Theodore Beale is the bodily personification of everything that is wrong and rotten in SFF; everything that is hateful in society. He talks both of and to an accomplished, amazing, award-winning writer as though she were a child too ignorant and uncivilised to merit a response to her argument that makes no reference to her race; because, in fact, her race is the thing he really wants to rebuke. Too stupid. Too savage. Too black. Too African. His argument is repulsive, vile and violently racist on every possible level. He talks of laws that have legitimised the shooting of an escort who refused to engage in illegal prostitution with a client, laws that actively enforce one rule for whites and another for people of colour, as though the sexist and racist implications of both are not only morally justified, but intended by their creators – which, of course, they overwhelmingly are. It’s just that, more often than not, their proponents try to keep a lid on this fact, the better to fool the rest of us into thinking that racism no longer holds sway. (It does.)

If Theodore Beale isn’t cast out of the SFWA immediately, then that organisation is worth nothing.

If Black Gate continues to give Theodore Beale a platform, then that publication is worth nothing.

This isn’t just about Jemisin. It’s not even wholly about the fact that Beale has gone on record making excruciatingly racist comments; comments which are just the latest in a long and execrable history, and which he has publicly attached to the SFWA as an organisation by promoting them through its official Twitter feed.

It’s that Beale’s remarks aren’t just racist; they’re imperialist tracts straight out of the same 19th century playbook as phrenological proof of African inferiority and the White Man’s Burden, spiced up with the 20th century logic of the Ubermensch and bigotry couched as genetics. In a year when the fascist, neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Greece has literally been rounding up “undesireables” like sex workers, trans* individuals, immigrants and the homeless and putting them into camps, any aggression that draws its strength from the none-too-tacit endorsement of colonial racism and racial purity is not only horrifically bigoted, but actively dangerous.  This is racism pulled from the very root of what racism means, unfiltered by any pretence at equitable discourse. Theodore Beale has gone straight to the arguments originally made in support of black slavery, and he has found them good.

As members of the SFF community, there is only one acceptable response to Beale, and that is to shun him utterly; to excise him from our genre like the cancer that he is, from convention to blog to column, and to enforce that ban as thoroughly and determinedly as we are able.

Because if we don’t, our Reconciliation will mean nothing.

We will mean nothing.

 

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Comments
  1. Rafe Brox says:

    You are a better person than I am; I can think of another response to Beale.

    Because I am incapable of stripping myself of irony, it’s a solution he’d approve, because he is not as fully civilized as I am.

    I’m sure it would be a lively, if sparsely-attended, wake.

  2. Lenora Rose says:

    Based on the word “equalitarian”, which I’ve never seen used by anyone else in place of egalitarian (Someone please correct me if it’s in regular usage by shameless supremicists), I was thinking Mudz in your Old men Yelling at Clouds comment thread WAS Beale. And thinking he hadn’t said anything too terrible there.

    But that response; as you say, my brain needs a scrubbing. I think that’s worse than anything I have read short of death threats and rape threats, and it outstrips most of those. I’ve heard less racist things reported as being said by a person who’d just shot a thirteen year old black kid. It’s the purest vilest hate speech.

    If Beale is a member of SFWA in a few weeks, it had better only be because they’re taking time to look at and formulate the rules regarding his expulsion. If he’s in when I qualify, I am never joining.

    • There is no way I can add anything to that. You have articulated my feelings exactly and far more articulately than I could have. Nora Jemisen is one of my heroines, as well as one of the most brilliant SFF writers working today. Now I think I’ll go to her blog and tell her so.

  3. […] Foz Meadows has an eloquent and passionate response over here. […]

  4. C.D. says:

    I know of Vox Day through Manboobz, since, in addition to being a raging racist, he is also a giant misogynist. Until today, I did not realize that he was part of the SF/F community.
    I still can’t believe that this guy is PUBLISHED, that he writes for an SF/F Magazine, that he’s served on Nebula award juries. Wow. WOW.
    … or maybe I can believe it all too easily.

  5. Travis H says:

    I’m a privileged white male and I approve this message.

    (I’m doing battle with the other half of these bigots, the anti-LGBT crowd)

    I get tired of having to apologize for us when we do ignorant nonsense like this. But I too use my privileged white male status to speak out. It is necessary for all of us to, but especially those of us with privilege.

  6. hierath says:

    *stands up and applauds*

  7. This article has left me angry. Thomas Beale has left me enraged. His ignorance, his unjustified attacks and above all his cruel, bigoted nature make me feel sick.

    I adore NK Jemisin. She is one of my favorite authors; she’s inspired and enlightened me. To see this vile man try to drag her down is infuriating. I know she’s a strong confident person but god, what an attack upon her wonderful speech.

    Please, let the SSFW see what’s obvious; get rid of this horrible creature.

  8. […] I won’t put all his words down here: Foz Meadows makes a summary of them, in a passionate and marvellous attack against this man. http://fozmeadows.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/reconciliation-a-response-to-theodore-beale/ […]

  9. Awesome response. Thank you for standing up and saying this. Thank you for fighting this bullshit whenever it happens.

  10. Cat Kimbriel says:

    Thank you, Foz, for writing this.

  11. Yes. Thanks for writing this.

  12. sftheory1 says:

    Beale is a cancer. Hopefully, this will be the last straw. Just disgusting.

  13. Seriously, what the fuck is WRONG with some people? There is no excuse for someone writing something like that.

    Thank you, Foz, for writing such a cogent and thoughtful response that presents and expresses the outrage that every decent person should feel in reading that hateful, hateful screed.

  14. […] Tangental, but still important: We Have Always Been Fighting this Fight (related). In other words: this kind of shit is endemic SFF fandom and that leads directly to Foz Meadows weighing in with Reconciliation: A Response To Theodore Beale: […]

  15. I am working on selling my first book and have/had dreamed of being a member of SFWA since 1980. But I cannot even imagine doing it as long as this type of thing happens and people like this are allowed to continue in the organization. No matter if he’s published a bazillion best sellers, the attitude he exhibits is unbecoming and outdated (if it was ever dated at all) and we are all diminished by association.

    Bravo, Foz.

  16. Lisa Goldstein says:

    Thank you for wading through that sewage so we don’t have to. I hope you took a long hot shower afterward. I can’t remember the last time I read such a disgusting piece. (His, not yours.)

  17. […] going to spend a lot of time on yesterday’s shenanigans. I’m still in Deadline Hell on the UMSP, still in recovery mode from […]

  18. Lenora Good says:

    He does realize, does he not, that HIS ancestors walked out of Africa just like ours? His may have walked out sooner than others, but Africa is the cradle of homo sapiens sapiens.

    Thank you for a well-written article. I am not a member of SFWA, so cannot vote him out. More’s the shame.

  19. Samantha says:

    Your reaction is everything I felt upon reading the exchange. There are times in the past when I was just too tired, too overwhelmed, and didn’t perceive this kind of problem as being vile enough to warrant my response – just overlook the unpleasantness, ignore it – it’s beneath my concern. But it isn’t beneath anyone’s concern. Ignoring it hasn’t made it go away, and it never will.

    That has become undeniably apparent between this and the Sarkeesian mess in the gaming community, and I have gone past the point of anger to disbelief to exhaustion to numbness and back to blinding white-hot rage. Time to put on the shitkicking boots.

  20. Animal Mother says:

    Does this mean you’re NOT open to sleeping with him?

  21. It sounds to me as if you are deeply-offended that Beale has these opinions, which are different from your own. Perhaps someday, it will be actionable at law, or even criminally-prosecutable, to have such opinions. Perhaps then you will be happier.

    But beware. The people in charge of just which opinions are forbidden may not agree with you, and then you would not be happier.

    What if their opinions are those of Beale’s?

    • fozmeadows says:

      I am deeply offended that Beale is engaging in hate speech, which is illegal, and that he believes people of African descent to be inherently intellectually and culturally lesser. This isn’t about censorship. It’s about his failure to RECOGNISE THE EQUAL HUMANITY OF OTHER HUMANS.

    • hawkwinglb says:

      In certain jurisdictions (like mine), it is illegal to disseminate such vile opinions. Irish statute law possesses the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act. And a damn good Act it is, too.

      • Animal Mother says:

        Would that law apply as well to this blog and Jemisin’s comments? because I found quite a bit of Jemisin’s statements to be offensive and untrue, such as her characterization of certain state self defense laws. And let’s not forget this RAAAGGEfest blog post, where the authoress openly describes her desire to commit murder. If this doesn’t incite ‘hate’, I don’t know what does.

        If you disagree with Beale, meet him on the battlefield openly and defeat his arguments with reason.If his facts are wrong, prove it. And don’t claim it is impossible; frankly his posts are more rational than many of his detractors, whose responses consist of “Beale is an evil, evil EVIL man! HAAATTTEE! RAAAAGE! SHUN HIM!”

        • fozmeadows says:

          Listen, if you require a logical explanation as to why black people aren’t genetically inferior to whites, then you’re either a troll or a screaming racist, and in either case, you can GET THE FUCK OFF MY BLOG. *bans*

        • Travis Hill says:

          Simply by reading Beale’s statements shows proof of his ignorance and defeats his arguments. Unless you can produce real studies that show one race is superior to another. That’s some science I’ve heard people who defend those that spew the sort of hatred Beale does try to use, but it isn’t real science.

          I don’t think there’s a need to meet him on a battlefield when his comments range from ‘ignorant half-savage’ to ‘no evidence of non-whites building advanced civilizations without external influence’. the ‘savage’ remarks are purely opinion, and there’s nothing to do battle here over other than whether the opinion is bigoted or not. The ‘no evidence’ one is laughable if one only cracks a history book.

          Go ahead, crack a history book, we’ll wait. There. See?

          It’s good that you are defending him though. I agree that everyone should be allowed to have their own opinions, regardless of how distasteful they are to others. It only serves me and others who think like me as proof that ignorance and bigotry is still a very large problem in our society.

          But like Westboro, I’ll defend your right to spew your hatred as much as you want to anyone that will listen. However, SFWA is an organization that can set rules limiting such things. Unless they take a stand and remove this person, it will end up causing them more problems than it would keeping him around. And for an organization that strives for diversity (so they say, I’d like to believe them even with the recent troubles they’ve had), it doesn’t look good to stand back and wring their hands and claim they can do nothing because he might or already is threatening legal action.

          Especially when the members who find such hateful speech revolting start to abandon the organization. Is one man with a loud, hateful voice and the threat of legal action more important to the organization than the bad publicity and possible exodus of membership?

          • Daniela says:

            I don’t even need to crack open a history book and I can think of at least eight advanced and great civilizations that were not influenced by white people and some of those predate and/or influenced the development of later European civilizations.

            I also think that the SFWA as an organization has to make a stand and clearly draw a line what kind of behavior they will tolerate. The behavior of its member will always reflect back on the SFWA. If they are really striving for diversity and want to make sure that their female, colored, and LGBTQ members feel welcome they have to do something.

            And maybe they need to rewrite their charter to address hate-speech by their members. Most organizations have as part of the charter something about a code of conduct.

    • Samantha says:

      No, no, and no. Do not pretend this is about “opinions.” People can and will have different opinions for as long as our species exists, and nothing could be more normal than living and thinking differently than the person next to you. Our challenge is not to work towards a world where everyone agrees on everything, but to be able to live with and respect others in spite of those differences, including those who may draw completely different conclusions from the same experiences. You should be able to defend your opinions, you should never have to defend your humanity.

      On Beale’s blog and elsewhere, people are daily having their worthiness, dignity, and respect as human equals attacked based on their sex, race, orientation, or religious beliefs. This so-called professional just called another professional in his organization an “ignorant savage” because she is a black woman, as if this somehow makes her less of a person. That is not a difference of opinions, that is intolerable. THAT is worthy of outrage. Do not try to defend such garbage.

      • ERose says:

        ^^
        “You should be able to defend your opinions, you should never have to defend your humanity.”

        Amen, sister! And in a representative industry group where one member publicly forces another to do just that, the group’s actions are, like it or not, going to speak louder than any of their words about what they do and do not consider acceptable. They must either say “we accept this behavior” or “we do not stand for this,” and they, too, are allowed to choose both what they say and the manner in which they say it.

        Beale said in about as many ways as he could that he should not have to listen to a black woman’s opinion’s because she is black. And all of us as legitimate participants in the marketplace of ideas have asked that he stop selling us garbage and asked that an organization that represents many of us refuse to lend its countenance to the garbage he is offering.

    • Amphiox says:

      I hear no one suggesting that the VOICING (not the having) of such opinions need ever be actionable at law. It is sufficient that the VOICING (not the having) of such opinions bear the consequence of expulsion for organizations such as SFWA.

      Freedom of speech does not entitle you to have a platform for your speech provided for by others.

    • azteclady says:

      You are kidding, yes?

      No, of course you are not.

      You would be happier if the people who make laws would revoke women’s and non-white peoples’ right to vote, wouldn’t you?

      Go sit with that sorry excuse for an ass.

      • azteclady says:

        Crud, this was in response to Jordan Bassior, sorry.

      • No, I am a believer in sexual and racial equality. You are assuming that I must agree with an opinion in order to defend the right to its free expression.

        You also, I think, assume that laws against “hate speech” will only be enforced against opinions of which you disapprove. You don’t seem to grasp that once the right to free speech is abridged, those in charge of its censorshp may not agree with you just WHICH opinions should be silenced.

  22. MacLiberal says:

    It’s overtime to demand that the creep is thrown out of the SFWA. The members should demand his expulsion or quit. Sadly, I doubt this will happen afterall, he fits well into the boys club there.

  23. Voice of Reason says:

    As a person of pallor, I am deeply offended by the notion that Theodore Beale has “Aryan ancestors.” Having seen photos of the man, he is clearly of the shorter, darker Mediterranean variety. Probably descended from Romans (Civilizational bias much? He lives in ITALY!). Beale does not speak for Aryans, who have always been a minority and will always rule as a warrior-elite, beherrsching shorter, duller peoples.

    But, yeah, Beale is horrible. The sooner multiculturalism breaks the middle class, the sooner our American Aryans can begin their destined rule over the peasant class. ¡Viva México!

  24. hawkwinglb says:

    Bravo. I am in complete agreement with you.

  25. Scott Lynch says:

    Beale/VD is a complete idiot and one of the internet’s foremost exemplars of the Dunning-Kruger effect. However, Black Gate isn’t continuing to give him a platform; he was given his walking papers from BG months ago after steadily escalating his usual antagonistic Vox-Pattern Bullshit.

    • fozmeadows says:

      EXCELLENT. A victory for common sense!

    • Anubis says:

      That’s a good thing to hear.

      I was just wondering whether something like that had happened, not being able to find any BG posts by him in the last few months.

    • Michal says:

      Oh Thank God. I had an inkling when his flow of posts dried up after the “Corruption in the SFWA” article, but I was afraid he was just lying low and would suddenly appear again to pollute the place with his stench.

      The fact that he was even there in the first place makes me seriously question the editors.

  26. just an observer says:

    As much as I hate to say this unfortunately SFWA probably can’t terminate his membership-which by the way is a PAID lifetime one, because he has fulfilled the sales necessary for said membership. I don’t believe there is anything in their by laws for having albeit reprehensible, horrifying and nauseating opinions. And that doesn’t mean that the SFWA as an organization in any way agrees or wants to promote this or any other of his (ahem) opinions. Also considering some of the really great things the SFWA does for writers, I think you do yourself a grave disservice if you don’t join because of a major DICK like Theodore Beale aka Vox Day. Just my thoughts which probably don’t mean much since I’m not a writer. On a side note Vox has already posted that if his membership is terminated he will take some type of action LOL!

    • Sgaile-beairt says:

      they threw out stanislaw lem for disagreeing w isaac asimov as i understandit, so thereis precedent….

    • Samantha says:

      Nah, there is a by-law for the expulsion of a member which also takes membership fees into account (Section 10), and – should the officers choose to take that route – they could easily make a case based on his racially and sexually charged personal attacks against other members, as well as his violation of the SFWA Twitter Feed. It’s a professional organization: they aren’t obligated to retain any member they don’t want to, especially one who is contemptuous of, and perhaps actively attempting to damage, the organization itself.

      Beale and his toadies love to whine about censorship because they can’t tell the difference between “censorship” and “consequences.” He’s free to act like a shitlord, but other people are free to call him out on it and refuse to be associated with shitlords.

    • lkeke says:

      Actually I believe the SFWA can terminate his membership. There are guidelines in place to do this as listed on a couple of sites I’ve been to. That said VD already has his own platform that he created to spew as much of his nonsense as he can generate. He shouldn’t have access to a professional one as well and the SFWA is under no obligation to provide him with one.

      Read: Calling for the Expulsion of Theodore Beale from SFWA by Amalgam El – Mohtar and the links provided at the end of the article.

    • Fade Manley says:

      There do appear to be provisions in the SFWA rules for expelling members and refunding membership fees–including partial refunds of lifetime membership fees. While there is nothing in their laws at all about “having” opinions, there are certainly details of the harassment policy that should apply to using a SFWA Twitter feed to post said opinions.

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  28. […] feel like giving VD hits and Google juice and still want to see what he wrote, Amal El-Mohtar, Foz Meadows and Jim Hines have excerpts of VD’s shitdump on their respective blogs along with thoughtful […]

  29. Big Nick Digger says:

    Geez, guys, why not spend your time writing good books. You are not going to win the battle of Political Correctness. White folks vote with their feet and leave. You cannot force them into reeducation camps (yet). For all your threats and hyperventilating you lack the balls to actually do anything about it. So why get your panties in a twist? It just makes you look, weak, hysterical, and swooning.

    So why not do something? Here is my suggestion. Ban him from the SFWA. Amend the rules of the SFWA to prevent anyone who is a racialist or a fellow traveler of racialists from joining. It worked for MacCArthy, for heaven’s sake. He and the big bosses of Hollywood managed to suppress commies from working. Stalin was able to go one step further and get them institutionalized as insane. I doubt you can get THAT done (yet), but at least you can suppress their voices, purge the membership and purify the SFWA. But one thing is sure: all your panty-waist crying and moaning and threats of prison and death are just pathetic and womanish.

    Foz’s note: I’ve bolded all the bullshit for the edification and convenience of other commenters, and I’m pretty sure that the result is a Raving Right-Wing Bingo success! Commenter banned for sexist douchebaggery, and also for likening “racism is bad and should be stopped” with STALIN’S FUCKING PURGES. I mean, come ON.

    • Samantha says:

      But the rabbits are being *mean* to Beale, and hysterical like a bunch of women! All he wants is to be able to dehumanize people in public, professional settings without anyone getting mad, then deflect any arguments of misogyny or racism, because what do N. K. Jemisin and others know about it? Are they *experts on their own fucking lives* or something?

      Notice how they keep going back to non-whites and/or women having to PROVE their right to be heard? Maybe if you can PROVE the racial history of people who look like you, they might, possibly, consider listening to a person based on their individual merits. What unmitigated bullshit.

      They also keep focusing on censorship, because they have no idea what censorship is. None. THIS IS NOT CENSORSHIP. If a member of a company used that company as a platform to promote half the things Beale’s posted, do you know how fast his ass would be fired? If a member of the American Chemical Society copied Beale’s actions, they would be out the door so fast his head would still be spinning. Maybe SFWA should keep this in mind if they want to be recognized as a peer among professional organizations and their members.

    • azteclady says:

      Oh yeah, write good books instead of talking about issues–because I’m sure that polite, dignified SILENCE is what has brought all social and legal changes to society.

  30. smhll says:

    He talks both of and to an accomplished, amazing, award-winning writer as though she were a child too ignorant and uncivilised to merit a response to her argument that makes no reference to her race; because, in fact, her race is the thing he really wants to rebuke.

    You really nailed it. Bravo!

  31. Hélène says:

    In France, he would be prosecuted. I don’t know how the law stands in US but this has nothing to do with freedom of speech ans is just intolerable.

  32. azteclady says:

    I don’t want to believe that screed is for real. I don’t want to believe any adult human with functioning brain cells would believe that.

    And yet, through my nausea and rage, I can believe it. I have no words to express my fury, my revulsion of such a person. May whichever deity this entity believes in have mercy on its soul, for it’s going to need it.

  33. Ron says:

    I am sure that there were many Nazis who would stand up and applaud your “anger” had they access to your sick, vile, hate filled little writings. People like you only get away with this level of malevolence until the public finally realizes what it results in. War. Rapes. Murders. Abuse. Cruelty. There is a special place in Hell for those who use civilization to shield themselves while at the same time urinating on it.

  34. Dela Smith says:

    Probably you should apologize to Beale, Foz. Because I see on his site that now he’s afraid of you. Also afraid of Lee Martindale (a woman in a wheelchair). According to his blog, he’s so scared and so emotionally distraught, he can no longer make a living. So maybe when apologizing for how much you have frightened him, you should also slip him a few quid.

    So apparently mewling terror is how an “alpha male” reacts to a few blog posts. Who knew?

    • Anubis says:

      The behaviour that Beale displays, the bragging and threatening on the one hand and the constant whining on the other hand, is the very essence of right-wing thought. People like Beale believe they have the right to abuse those they perceive as weaker than themselves, and at the same time they live in a permanent state of fear of people who might be stronger. Crawl to the bigwigs and bully the underlings—not only a personality trait, but really also a politicial ideology.

      Considering the haphazard nature of “alpha male” behaviour (you never know when they will jump on you and when they will crawl in the dust before you), I sometimes wonder if this is not simply because at all times having to discern who is an underling and who might be a bigwig might be excessively demanding for the authoritarian personality. Well, just a thought.

    • Lurkertype says:

      Aw, they hurted his fee-fees.

      I thought Alpha Males were strong and macho all the time and feared nothing? They don’t let emotions get in their way?

      Sniveling about feelings is most definitely not Alpha.

      Petard, hoist.

  35. […] to. If you aren’t aware of the current firestorm surround the SFWA, you can start by reading Foz Meadows. And you should, her (very appropriate) anger rips through the […]

  36. […] Reconciliation: A Response To Theodore Beale (fozmeadows.wordpress.com) […]

  37. […] the SFF community has been embroiled in a series of controversies regarding sexism within SFWA, blatant racism aimed at author N.K. Jemisin, and, somehow, the shocking notion that sexual harassment at cons isn’t okay. I have many, […]

  38. Sylvia says:

    As a white woman, I want to know if that really cute kid down the block should be viewed as half-animal, since half her genes are sub-human?

    What an idiot.

    The scary thing is how many people quietly agree, though they are too shamed to say so in public. I had hoped that its only old men making this argument, and their opinions would die out with them, but apparently the new generation is taking up the flag! My grandparents survived the European genocide war, I had hoped my own children would only know about these things from history books.

    Keep fighting the good fight.

  39. […] and let’s call him “a real piece of work”, responded with a particularly racist screed. I’m linking you to Foz Meadows’ response to his response, which tears it apart. I will never cease to be amazed by the passionately hateful responses some people have towards […]

  40. […] truly has nothing of his own.”  Some additional reactions to the aforementioned hateful bile here.  (As it turns out, the SFWA Board started looking into what actions it thinks it might […]

  41. foo says:

    I just wanna let you know that you are investing way, way too much importance in that self-absorbed, narcissistic little schmuck. Ted Beale is a small man with napoleon syndrome and an extreme narcissist. His father is a jailed tax cheat who was arrested in a parking lot.

    I have it on good authority that Beale has a very small cock. Perhaps this explains his pathological overcompensation.

    Just pay him no mind.

  42. I am really impressed by the way you detailed out everything. It is really going to help me a lot.Thanks for sharing .

  43. […] Reconciliation: A Response to Theodore Beale, 14 June […]

  44. […] among which is his prominent association with and support for Vox Day, aka Theodore Beale, a man who recently said of one of SFF’s most prominent and popular authors, N. K. Jemisin, who is African American, […]

  45. […] among which is his prominent association with and support for Vox Day, aka Theodore Beale, a man who recently said of one of SFF’s most prominent and popular authors, N. K. Jemisin, who is African American, […]

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