Sunday, May 14, 2017

Magazine editor out for challenging "cultural appropriation" nonsense

The editor of the Writers’ Union of Canada’s magazine has resigned after complaints over an article he wrote in which he said he doesn’t believe in cultural appropriation.

Hal Niedzviecki, editor of Write — a publication for the union’s members — published an opinion piece in the spring 2017 issue titled “Writer’s Prompt.” In the article, in an issue dedicated to indigenous writing, Niedzviecki wrote: “In my opinion, anyone, anywhere, should be encouraged to imagine other peoples, other cultures, other identities.

“I’d go so far as to say there should even be an award for doing so — the Appropriation Prize for best book by an author who writes about people who aren’t even remotely like her or him.”

He went on to argue that Canadian literature remains “exhaustingly white and middle class” because writers are discouraged from writing about people and places they don’t know.

A sociological term, cultural appropriation is used to describe the adoption of elements or practices of one cultural group by members of another.

On Wednesday, the Writer’s Union of Canada issued an apology for the piece, announcing Niedzviecki’s resignation and pledging to review the magazine’s policies.

“The Writer’s Prompt piece offended and hurt readers, contributors to the magazine and members of the editorial board,” said the statement. “We apologize unequivocally. We are in the process of contacting all contributors individually.



Bird of Paradise said...

Whine,whine,whine it begins again the endless whining of the liberal snowflakes

Anonymous said...

More Politically Correct nonsense !

Anonymous said...

So all the indigenous people who take up a western lifestyle are also guilty of cultural appropriation.

Anonymous said...

If a writer cannot imagine another person's plight then all fiction will have to be banned.

Stan B said...

Sociology isn't even a real thing. There's no "science" involved anymore, just a constant diarrhea of the mouth.