Note On The RITA Awards:
I watched the RITA awards ceremony. It makes you wonder if the RWA is a writers’ organization or has turned into a left wing political action group supporting affirmative action, gay rights, and who knows what else under the banner catch word of “inclusion”. I find it highly offensive to have speakers accusing those “53% of you who are white” of all sorts of hate crimes, etc and urging us to “in November vote these hateful racist traitors out”!!!!
Talk about “inclusion”, this is highly divisive political behavior that will fragment your membership not into racial and ethnic groups but into political groups. Is this really what you want or intend? I would think twice before inviting speakers like this to address your RITA awards again. Stick to the publishing industry and the genre itself. Especially don’t invite speakers who aren’t educated enough or refined enough or tasteful enough to use better words than “fuck” to address the audience.
Near the end of the awards a winner addressed the audience and said RWA had a problem that not one RITA award winner was black. Is RWA an affirmative action group? If blacks win, fine. If they don’t win fine. If Chinese women win, fine. If they don’t fine. If Mexican Americans win, fine. If they don’t fine.
Why single out blacks? Why do you act as if they are inferior somehow to all other ethnic groups so they need all sorts of special support? If I were black I would find this sort of thinking offensive myself. And I am a white writer who has actually written about black people and Mexican Americans myself. They have starred in my novels.