So, if you know people by their friends, maybe there’s a reason I’m friends with Amanda Green?
Then there came this announcement. The language in the announcement that caught my attention was this: this year’s scholarship has a twist: instead of just need and merit, we’re also looking for diversity. Selecting only on merit isn’t enough, according to the announcement, because the pool of candidates is limited to the “small, self-selecting group of people who feel comfortable applying.” The so-called proof that this isn’t enough came about because the attendees last year were, gasp, predominantly white. There was only one person of color. That, of course, meant there was something wrong.
So by golly, they are going to correct that problem right now. Forget about finding people who are qualified for the scholarship. Forget even awarding it to someone who has need for the scholarship. They’re going to go out and find folks who meet their need for diversity. Why, because they feel we need more diversity IN THE PEOPLE WHO WRITE SPECULATIVE FICTION.
Go read the WHOLE THING!
People who think diversity of thought is predicted on the melanin content of your skin just might be stone-cold racists. There’s nothing in their thought that nineteenth century racists wouldn’t approve of. Modern ones just want to help “them poor colored folks.”
As someone who tans if she stays too near a lamp, and whose kids are darker than she is, I thank you for my share of the favor — and my answer are these middle fingers I’m holding up. Choke on them.