But I just wanted to say -- when I read the post where Harlan called Tempest a NWA -- a 'nigger with attitude' -- I started crying.
He's defending his post now by calling it 'snark'. Maybe that kind of language could be snark among close friends, or thirty years ago. I don't know. I've never in my life had anyone use that kind of language casually around me, and maybe that just means I'm sheltered. To me, hearing that said, out loud, feels like a vicious slap in the face.
When you post on a public forum, calling a black woman a 'NWA', the language does damage. It hurts. It makes me, personally, want to put away the SF novel I'm working on, because it's just too upsetting to think that a SF writer whose work I admire so much is willing to be so casually cruel and careless.
And when I see on Harlan's message board that people are actually defending what he said -- that's when I know that I can't even try to excuse this as coming from one man from a different era. There are no excuses, and this behavior is simply unacceptable. Or it should be.