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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The Black Witch, a debut young-adult fantasy novel by Laurie Forest, was still seven weeks from its May 1 publication date, but positive buzz was already building, with early reviews calling it "an intoxicating tale of rebellion and star-crossed romance," "a massive page-turner that leaves readers longing for more," and "an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice." The hype train was derailed in mid-March, however, by Shauna Sinyard, a bookstore employee and blogger who writes primarily about YA and had a different take: "The Black Witch is the most dangerous, offensive book I have ever read," she wrote in a nearly 9,000-word review that blasted the novel as an end-to-end mess of unadulterated bigotry.




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The Black Witch centers on a girl named Elloren who has been raised in a stratified society where other races (including selkies, fae, wolfmen, etc.) are considered inferior at best and enemies at worst. But when she goes off to college, she begins to question her beliefs, an ideological transformation she's still working on when she joins with the rebellion in the last of the novel's 600 pages. (It's the first of a series; one hopes that Elloren will be more woke in book two.)

Positive buzz all but died off, as community members began confronting The Black Witch's supporters, demanding to know why they insisted on reading a racist book. ...

[I]t's worth noting that my attempts to report this piece were met with intense pushback. Sinyard politely declined my request for an interview in what seemed like a routine exchange, but then announced on Twitter that our interaction had "scared" her, leading to backlash from community members who insisted that the as-yet-unwritten story would endanger her life. Rumors quickly spread that I had threatened or harassed Sinyard; several influential authors instructed their followers not to speak to me; and one librarian and member of the Newbery Award committee tweeted at Vulture nearly a dozen times accusing them of enabling "a washed-up YA author" engaged in "a personalized crusade" against the entire publishing community (disclosure: while freelance culture writing makes up the bulk of my work, I published a pair of young adult novels in 2012 and 2014.) With one exception, all my sources insisted on anonymity, citing fear of professional damage and abuse.


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Now that's funny. Writing a book about racism and prejudice is racist and prejudiced if your white. Thanks, social justice warriors.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-07 05:11 PM | Reply

So let me get this straight: Social Justice Shauna reads the book and condemns it, stating that "It was written for the type of white person who considers themselves to be not-racist and thinks that they deserve recognition and praise for treating POC like they are actually human."


Don't Corky and Boydstruan fit in that category? Sounds like Shauna needs a good talking too by our resident "non-people-of-color."

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-08-07 05:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

ROC's rwing category:


#3 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-07 05:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

#2 Um, Dirkstruan isn't white. I'm pretty sure he's a gay black communist. He tried to tell that the Holodomor was caused by Western sanctions and not Stalin stealing all the wheat and selling it on the open market before anyone realized what was happening, thus starving 7 million Ukrainians to death.

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-07 05:58 PM | Reply

#3 A weird article, since Jews are a target of Critical Theory, just like Asians and whites.

#5 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-07 06:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Corky's not big on reading comprehension, he discovered this SPLC article thinks it fits any scenario that threatens his SJW ethos, kind of like the Atlantic article justifying Hillary's loss from December 2016 that was his prior fixation.

As for Boystruan, he is still trying to figure out exactly what the phrase "the brutal artificial famine imposed by Stalin's regime on Soviet Ukraine and primarily ethnically Ukrainian areas in the Northern Caucasus in 1932-33 that killed between 7-10 million people."

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-08-07 06:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It sort of makes sense that SJWs are getting so rabid and prone to back biting.

If progress is actually made, their pet projects and claims to victimhood go bye bye.

And they won't (can't) let that happen.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2017-08-07 08:27 PM | Reply

I can't believe Corky thinks that hating communism is anti-Semitic. That's a pretty damn racist statement right there, considering how anti-Semitic Stalin was.

#8 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-07 08:42 PM | Reply

I can believe that a Trump voter would either not read or not comprehend the rwing history of this anti-social justice meme as so accurately portrayed by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

It's really, really easy, actually.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-07 09:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#9 So what you are saying is that cultural Marxism is a Jewish conspiracy?

Come on, Corky. SPLC is talking about a hand-full of alt-right people who think Jews are behind everything, and then conflating that with anybody hating communism being anti-Semitic. It's called "painting with a broad brush".

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-07 09:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1



Not going anywhere with a Trump voter.

The roots of anti-social justice memes is from Cultural Marxism which in turn is rooted in the '90's PC memes. But of course these rwing roots are embarrassing to Trumpublicans who like to pretend they aren't.

It's called knowing history so it's not repeated.

But hey, voting for Trump already proves one is anti-social justice, anti-inequality, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and, given a Trump voter, anti-lucidity.

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-07 09:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Don't some a boot to lick belonging to a War Goddess? And how much are the banks paying you to post here? Or is it a neocon think tank?

#12 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-07 09:59 PM | Reply

And I'm anti-SJW because they are violent racists who hate whites, Jews, and Asians, and like to ban free speech like the old right wing did.

And they have the most laughable philosophy I've ever read.

#13 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-07 10:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

But don't try to hard to tell me I'm wrong, Corky. Remember: "If you work hard you will succeed" is a racist micro-aggression.

#14 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-07 10:03 PM | Reply


That was just sad.


And that was just stupid.... the antifama see: anti-fascists in Portland, for instance, protest the mostly outsider skin heads, KKK, Fascists, and White Nationalists that march in their streets.


Tell a Trump voter they were wrong? Might as well be talking to a thick as a brick wall.

#15 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-07 11:28 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#15 Remember when they blocked a bridge at UCLA and wouldn't let white students pass, just people-of-color? Where they protesting the KKK, Fascists, or White Nationalists?

#16 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-07 11:35 PM | Reply

Oops. That was Berkely. Here: www.washingtontimes.com

But hey, you can't a War Goddess boot-licker they where wrong. Might as well be talking to a thick as a brick wall.

#17 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-07 11:40 PM | Reply

#16 |

Anecdote isn't evidence, Rat Boy.


You are much too white a rat. I'm thinking you were bleached at some point... starting with your supposed brain.

#18 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-07 11:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


So unoriginal. But hey, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

#19 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-07 11:43 PM | Reply

Yeah, judge me by the color of my skin. I expect it from you. Racist.

#20 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-07 11:48 PM | Reply

"If you work hard you will succeed" is a racist micro-aggression."

It's certainly a lie; that other stuff is simply along for the ride.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-08-08 01:44 AM | Reply


Actually, I judge you by the content of your posts (character).

And the fact that voting for Trump was and is idiotic at best.

#22 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-08 11:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Actually, I judge you by the content of your posts (character).

#22 Corky.

No, you just called me "very, very white" as an insult.

And you still carry water for the worst Democrat candidate I have ever seen in my life, backed by the oligarchs, bankers, the MIC, and neocon think-tanks.

When you could have had Bernie.

You are not a good judge of character.

#23 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-08 05:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

- backed by the oligarchs, bankers, the MIC, and neocon think-tanks.

That's the guy you voted for, moran.

- When you could have had Bernie.

Bernie wouldn't give your the time of day; you refused to listen him and Chomsky and Moore and Warren.

#24 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-08 05:33 PM | Reply

The fantasyland the Black Witch takes place in still sounds more realistic than the fantasyland trump and his supporters are living in.

#25 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-08-08 05:52 PM | Reply

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