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I’m often accused of being a geek. It’s a fair cop. I’ve been reading science fiction books for over 40 years, ever since I learned to read. But I’ve never been the kind of geek that goes to conventions. I’ve been perfectly happy just reading the books. But then along came the internet and with it new chances to join the community of science fiction fans. So I started participating in some message boards and getting to know some of my favorite authors online.
As with any group of people, there’s a great number of different worldviews in science fiction fandom and sometimes that leads to conflicts. That’s nothing new but in the past few years the fights have been more public and more intense. Social Justice Warriors have, well, declared war on anyone not “woke” enough to bow to their left-wing demands. Two of the authors at the top of their enemies list are John Ringo and Larry Correia. Both are outspoken conservatives and prolific writers. But what really upsets the SJW types is that both of them are very, very successful.
The most recent kerfuffle started about a month ago and was covered in a post here on Ricochet by @dbroussa. That post states that John Ringo was disinvited from ConCarolinas, but that turns out not to be quite right. David Weber, another very successful and talented author, has been working with John and Jada Hope from the ConCarolinas convention committee (concom) to get the true story out there. What happened is that several SJW types tried to get John disinvited by spreading a false rumor about him, and in order to not cause problems for the convention, John voluntarily withdrew. That didn’t work out the way they intended. In retrospect, they probably should have pushed back instead of folding. ConCarolinas also made the mistake of not making it clear what had happened and left the impression that they were ok with what happened to John.
At the end of the convention, Jada formally apologized to John for not making it clear in their original statements that John was the one being bullied and harassed and stated that going forward they would not be taking political stances or allowing online mobs to dictate who is and isn’t an acceptable guest. The SJW crowd did not take this well. In their view, attempting to remain apolitical is no different than taking a conservative position. A petition was started to remove Jada and another committee member, Luis Diaz, from the convention committee. In response, David Weber started his own petition in support of Jada.
As of this writing, the SJW petition has 116 signatures and David’s has 1,925, one of which is mine. To back it up, I put skin in the game and bought a membership for next year’s convention. So now I’m going to be the kind of geek who does attend conventions (or at least one convention). For this cause, it’s worth it.