Monday, August 26, 2013

Orson Scott Card's racist rant



Last may, I wrote an open letter to Orson Scott Card that was critical of his homophobic rant in the Greensboro Times.  Last time around, Card was criticized for saying that "there are no laws left standing that discriminate against gay couples" and suggesting that being gay is a choice. He also expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying "I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.”  Now, as Slate's Dave Weigel points out, comments Card made in a May blog post about President Obama have shocked the internet community.

"Obama is, by character and preference, a dictator," Card wrote before comparing the President of the United States to Adolf Hitler.
Here's more:
Obama will claim we need a national police force in order to fight terrorism and crime. The Boston bombing is a useful start, especially when combined with random shootings by crazy people.
Where will he get his "national police"? The NaPo will be recruited from "young out-of-work urban men" and it will be hailed as a cure for the economic malaise of the inner cities.
In other words, Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs, and send them out to channel their violence against Obama's enemies.
Aside from strong-arming the country through his "urban gang" army, Card claims, Obama will also reassert his power through puppet dictators. Possible proxy leaders? Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.
This is sad, because I really respect Orson as a writer.  His Ender's Game trilogy is one of the best in science fiction.  It still baffles me that this is the same Orson who wrote Xenocide, which is fundamentally at odds which his current racist/homophobic bent.

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