Last week, I had planned to release the back-of-book blurb for the Secrets of the Cronal novel, as part of a schedule I had set for marketing. I did not post that information, as I thought that it would be inappropriate at this time, given everything that has been happening.
While I have been quite vocal on my private social media accounts, I’ve been uncertain in days past about what would be appropriate to say in my public social media. However, I realize now that I need to say something publicly, I need to make my stance clear.
Black Lives Matter
For many, 2020 has been an insane and crazy year, with month after month of beyond-normal disasters, often affecting things on a global level. It has torn people apart, divided them, brought about vehement discussions, insults, and more. Many people have felt overly and abundantly stressed, and depression world-wide has skyrocketed.
Now imagine for a second that this is your life, every year, for your entire lifetime, and you still will not have reached the depth of what people of color have to endure. I know that I cannot imagine it. I can try, but I feel that everything I imagine falls short of the truth of it, the gravity and weight of it, suffocating.
Inevitably, there will be or have been counter-arguments to the movement, to the protests, many of which fall short of actual discussion-worthy arguments, numerous being derogatory and a further indication of the systemic nature of racism in the United States. I’m not here to address those counter-arguments, that is not the point of my post.
The point of my post is to support the end of racism and the abuse of power. No, I am not anti-cop. I have had the privilege of knowing some truly incredible, wonderful police officers who truly wished to make a positive difference in all lives. However, I have also had the displeasure of knowing less-than-reputable police.
Regardless, change is needed. Change is required. It must come. This illness has existed within our nation since before its foundation, since its inception, so it will not be easy. It will not be quick. But it must happen now. Because if not now, then when?
I do not know the breadth of my audience, but I realize that my statements today and my support of Black Lives Matter will inevitably mean losing fans and readers. To that I say this: you were never my target audience to begin with. Surely that is obvious from the first Sword of Dragons novel alone, but in case you misunderstood it, the world in Sword of Dragons places people of all skin colors and all genders on equal footing (while the concept of racism is explored more and more in each novel through the dividing line between Mages and non-Mages.)
I grew up watching Star Trek, and X-Men and Marvel Universe cartoons, and I read Superman comics. Those helped make me who I am today, and I cannot and will not support or condone racism, bigotry, or sexism, nor do I accept or condone continued systemic violence or oppression against people of color, women, or the LGBTQ+ community.
I know I am only one voice among a chorus of millions, but my years and years singing in choir taught me something – every voice counts. Every voice matters.
What will your voice sing?
Thank you for reading,