Well, well, well. I guess Keira Drake’s (revised) novel will finally released this month. I’ve been trying to get the “racist” copy of the novel but to no avail. However, the Washington Post has published a little bit of the original, and compared it with the revised version in their report on the drama involving The Continent, Keira Drake’s debut novel.
First of all, let me state that I really cannot stand the Washington Post’s page design. The quotes are blurred or obscured and are revealed as I scroll, then are obscured again as they scroll out of view. Stupid. The article, “How Keira Drake rewrote The Continent“ is quite revealing. I would have posted an archive.is link, but the Washington Post are staffed full of assholes. Rest assured, I made a PDF copy of the article and I sent it to my Kindle, AND I made an ePub copy of it thanks to an extension called dotepub, so I have several copies now, in case they change something or delete it or – and this is far likelier – put it behind a paywall. Hey, you never know.
I’ve written about this before, and I am not sure if I actually predicted that this would happen, but I know I thought to myself, “they’re gonna make the bad guys white.” And they did.
So it was never really about racism, it was about how brown people are always victims and never the victimizers. If the antagonists being brown skinned is racist, how is changing them to be white people any less racist? The notion that making a group of people the antagonists is somehow racist is utterly absurd anyway.
The author not only made the bad guys white and the good tribe brown, but also made the main character mixed race so as to avoid the white savior trope or the dark-skinned aggressor trope.
Okay, so let me get this straight – we’re not allowed to stereotype “marginalized” people. But we are allowed to stereotype white people. From where I sit, that’s still fucking racist. Let me repeat that in bold: that’s still fucking racist.
The author and the publishers fail by their own standards. They just rearranged the deck chairs on the Titanic, but the ship is still fucking sinking. It’s still racist by their flimsy, idiotic standards.
Oh, wait, that’s incorrect. They’re racist by any intelligent person’s standards. They are absolved of their racism due to the idiotic notion that only people in “power” can be racist. This notion that black people or whoever don’t have any “institutional power” is complete bullshit and they know it.
This sorry situation only makes me that much more determined to self-publish my novel. I’m having a hell of a time editing it because as of right now, it’s well over 300,000 words. I cringe every time I think about it. I am also angry with myself because the antagonist alien race in my novel are tall white humanoids. However, I’m going to leave it like that, and when you read the novel, you’ll know why. I promise, you’ll love it, especially given the Weinstein affair.
I still have her book preordered, although I could have sworn it said it would be released next year, not this year. It might have been a glitch on GoodReads or something, because I remember looking at it and seeing the 2019 release date and going, “damn, they pushed it forward a third time? Why not just cancel it and be done with it?”
Let this be a lesson for everyone – the SJWs will never be satisfied. Never. There’s no point in pleasing them – you’re only wasting your time.
EDIT: Unf, there’s MORE! The Vulture has republished an article (archive.is) originally published in the New York Magazine and it also has more information. Also, more utter bullcrap so it really deserves its own post. I might fisk it. Oh, and some Native Americans (archive.is) are still not happy with the revised version. As I said, they will never, ever be satisfied.