A Minnesota writing conference was canceled Wednesday after people complained about the lack of diversity in the line-up of writers that were going to attend. The organizers of the Loft Literary Center’s conference, aimed at teaching people how to write young adult novels, scrapped their plans when they learned that all the speakers but one were white, reports the Star Tribune. “We have set a goal for ourselves to be inclusive and to work toward equity, and we didn’t think the conference would live up to that mission,” Britt Udesen, executive director of the Loft, said Wednesday. “We made a mistake.” Twenty-two authors
Comments: I find it difficult to quantify my outrage and disgust that this blatant discrimination is allowed to take place in this country. It is beyond infuriating and reprehensible. As I have stated before, I am totally against frivolous lawsuits. But I just cannot understand why these blatantly racist universities are not bombarded with lawsuits that punish them for their violation of so many federal laws. It just makes me sick.
Substitute White with Black in the title. What would the reaction be??? Why is it now ok to discriminate against whites? This is payback? For what? How long ago? Long before we were born. My relatives all came from Europe, what the heck am I supposed to feel guilty about again??
PR blurb for Britt Udesen who, you may be unsurprised to learn, is the usual glasses/no makeup/no manicure identikit lefty.
´She’s thoughtful, inspiring, very funny, a great strategist, a skilled listener, calm, creative and a dedicated fan of writing and literature.´
Apparently she´s not thoughtful or inspiring enough to attract the ´correct´ kind of person to the conference. And apparently listening isn´t high on her list of priorities when banning, excluding and canceling is more her bag.
Obviously the conference was the opposite to of their stated goal of teaching people how to write young adult novels. Liberals always say the opposite to the truth. Better they don´t learn the truth in the eyes of the left.
There´s a reason that there´s a dearth of truly successful black writers. So many of them write from a militant us (black) vs them (whitey) point of view. Their anger and hatred seeps through their writings. Their style of writing doesn´t sit well with the vast majority of book purchasers that happen to be white and are not rabid leftists. To constantly include people in any gathering based on their percentage of total population rather than their qualifications for representation runs contrary to MLK´s teachings.
To borrow from the great Mark Steyn when he commented on a Cowboy Poetry Convention that was canceled for a lack of funding said Here´s a pencil and here´s some paper. Now go have yourselves a poetry convention.
Mighty white staff at the Loft. Mostly Females too. Sure hope they have their share of transgenders and gays or they will need to be shut down for lack of DIVERSITY. https://www.loft.org/about/who_we_are/staff/
It´s just a fact that us White Folks like to read, and some like to write. Many minorities seem to have very little interest in the written word and miss out on the knowledge and whole different worlds of the imagination that can be found in books. I guess it is all our fault...
FTA: Udesen added that they invited more than 30 people of color to speak at the conference, but none accepted the invitation.
Did they ask any of those 30 authors why the invitation was declined??
I know there are plenty of great minority writers out there. I work with the local Friends of the Library, one of the programs we fund is to choose a minority author to speak at all the 4th grade classes at all the metro elementary schools on the topic of "you, too, can grow up to be a writer" and each student gets a copy of the author´s book.
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