The Tolerant Literati

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This does not seem to be a hoax.

"The Writer's Prompt piece offended and hurt readers, contributors to the magazine and members of the editorial board," said the statement. "We apologize unequivocally. We are in the process of contacting all contributors individually.

"The intention behind the magazine is to offer space for honest and challenging discussion and to be sincerely encouraging to all voices. The Union recognizes that intention is not enough, and that we failed in execution in this instance.

"We offer the magazine itself as a space to examine the pain this article has caused, and to take this conversation forward with honesty and respect,"

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Once upon a time, adopting elements of another culture was considered a compliment.

Why resign?

Make the b@$tards fire you

Did the indigenous population have a written language before Europeans sailed over? Did they publish magazines? Holy Hanna! They are appropriating Western European culture! Have they no shame?

Someone should round up all the pickup trucks and ski-doos.

What a joke.

I spent about ten years trying to get fiction published so please feel free to take this as nothing but sour grapes and sore loser talk. That said, as time goes on I realize how much that world has changed from the one i imagined when i was a "literary" type. Creativity? Freedom? rebellion? And let's not forget tragic artistic drunkenness...
I guess that was kind of corny stuff, but it's gone now. And it seems so dull! Why bother.

With Apologies to Alfred.

Pussies to right of us
Pussies to left of us
Pussies in front of us
Ball-less and blundered

"I spent about ten years trying to get fiction published so please feel free to take this as nothing but sour grapes and sore loser talk."

If you have un-published works, put them up on Amazon as an e-book. That's what I'm in the process of doing. Traditional publishing is essentially dead at this point, taken over by SJW fruitloops. Just turn on the TV or go to Chapters book store, there's nothing on the shelves but SJW propaganda.

The cultural appropriation thing is a new front opened in the culture war. We're not supposed to interact with other cultures anymore, or eat their food, or wear their fashion. We're supposed to worship from afar, and bow down. Because we are Eeeevile White Devils, and they are Noble Indigenous Peoples.

Here's what I want to know from the SJW twits out there. If I'm an Eeevile White Devil, violent world conquering destroyer of all I survey... why the hell would I stop, just because a bunch of fat children are whining about it?


The guy who wrote the column did not resign. Some chick on the board resigned over the column. Suspect her SJW credentials are important in her job, she's a PhD "student".

Cultural appropriation is more like cultural vandalism as western civilization is now in the process of surrendering to all the more primitive tribal "cultures" that were eclipsed by its success. Placing all "other" cultures on the sacred mantle and "off limits" to all but the same sacred political identity groups is just another form of censorship and self-loathing nihilism by the now culturally dominant progressive looters and thugs.

Aren't the best works about a culture written by those outside of the culture. Failings are more readily identified and expounded by outsiders. Maybe that's the problem.

Generally speaking, I hold that people should NOT write about subjects they are not familiar with.

But that's just me.

This is more that you're not allowed to write about another culture no matter how much you know... if you're white.

As in, if y'all are a white man, you can't write about black men, or Indian women, or Japanese men, or Chinese women, and so forth. Because if you do, that's "cultural appropriation" and the SJWs will get your book cancelled by whining on Twitter.

Don't forget the electric guitars and saxophones.

What is an appropriate culturally neutral punishment for him?
Hanging?
Too British.
The guillotine?
Too French.
They are pretty Marxist, so maybe a trip to a gulag?

Every time and Indian speaks English or puts on his Levis and fleece, he is appropriating white man's culture. Speaking French is the same only dumber.

No Indian should be seen with a white man's rifle or Ford F150 etc. What a joke these SJW present. In their world you live in a Catch 22 all the time.

J...You are so right but you have forgotten so many items...money, liquor, cigs, so let take a look at their homes!!, running water, electicity, TV's, toasters, washing machines, dryers, beds, chairs chesterfields, clothes, vehicle of all kinds, rifles....so maybe they should go back to the loincloth, horses, TeePee, open fires, bow and arrow for hunting and gathering...killed by other Indian Tribes. WHAT A LIFE!! When a culture adopts the practices of another culture without fully understanding or appreciating it!

and of course , why is there always a big screen TV?

Serious question: How do you - in a written magazine article -- appropriate a culture that didn't have a written language until it bumped into (a.k.a. was 'conquered by') another one that did?

Like evolution itself, the prehistory and history of human culture is quite literally an endless succession of better ideas and innovations being added onto and displacing older and less functional ones. Greece doesn't own democracy, Egypt doesn't own monumental architecture and Iraq doesn't own wierd Assyrian winged bull dudes with long hair and crowns; the preceding trio also demonstrates that some ideas and cultural constructs endure and spread over time, while others dry up and die.

No one owns any of this. There still may be small isolated tribes in remote climes on Earth today who owe next to nothing to non-indigenous culture, but I wouldn't want to be a member of one. Those who cannot see the need to commandeer good ideas whenever they encounter them are destined to live that are nasty, brutish, short --- and irredeemably stupid. We didn't become the dominant species on the planet by saying, "No thanks...no penicillin for us!" or "My pappy didn't read none, so there'll be no gol-durned reading in my house!"

Like evolution itself, the prehistory and history of human culture is quite literally an endless succession of better ideas and innovations being added onto and displacing older and less functional ones. Greece doesn't own democracy, Egypt doesn't own monumental architecture and Iraq doesn't own weird Assyrian winged bull dudes with long hair and crowns; the preceding trio also demonstrates that some ideas and cultural constructs endure and spread over time, while others dry up and die.

No one owns any of this. There still may be small isolated tribes in remote climes on Earth today who owe next to nothing to non-indigenous culture, but I wouldn't want to be a member of one. Those who cannot see the need to commandeer good ideas whenever they encounter them are destined to live that are nasty, brutish, short --- and irredeemably stupid. We didn't become the dominant species on the planet by saying, "No thanks...no penicillin for us!" or "My pappy didn't read none, so there'll be no gol-durned reading in my house!"

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