(Just posted to Facebook -- after hundreds of Likes and scores of comments -- and reposted here.)
Folks, y'all have ranged far beyond the topic of my original post. May I ask those who'd like to debate Will Shetterly
to do so on his blog, his Facebook page, etc.?
My purpose at the outset
was simply to share King's letter and state my allegiance with
the marginalized in our field, lest anyone be confused on that point;
and based on all the responses pro and con, I do seem to have done that.
I have no illusions that the field is my own ten toes to wiggle as I
please, and I feel no need whatsoever to wear down in debate everyone
who disagrees with me, on this point or any other point -- especially
since what we're debating here, at base, is Right and Wrong, the most
personal and individual of classifications.
I am content that I have
examined, and spoken, my own conscience; I invite others to examine,
then speak, their own -- using their own pages, their own blogs, their
own panels, their own writing. It is -- I say this once more, for
emphasis -- a necessary conversation.
And if you'd like to have a
face-to-face talk about all this, next time you see me shambling about
the Circuit, you'd better buy me a drink first. Politics is thirsty
In the meantime, I'll be pruning subsequent comments in this
thread as needed, to keep this spiky hedge we've planted together from
overrunning the place.
And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm on deadline. --
Yours in our great work, Andy D.