This is not a political blog, and it is not about to become one–but in light of recent world events, it feels like time to make some kind of statement. The time may have been a month ago, but on my own personal journey the right time seems to be today.
I already alluded in a NaNo post to being shaken by the November U.S. election results. I won’t get into details about candidates or specific results, but here is what I will say:
I am against racism, xenophobia, hate-mongering and fear-based politics. I believe in everyone’s right to claim their own identity and choose their own lives. I believe in protecting marginalized groups, whether they are marginalized for their color, their income level, their gender identity, who they love or who they worship. I believe in protecting our planet, which I believe is under human-made threat.
I believe in the right to speak and write your truth, and I believe in freedom of the press to find and spread truth. I believe that no elected official is above the law, and that hate is not acceptable no matter how many people vote for you.
I believe that most people are basically good and that many, many people in our country and world are hurting–on both sides of the political spectrum. I believe it’s on all of us to choose love rather than hate, and to each do our own part, big or small, to address the pain and fear of the people around us.
So what does that mean for this blog? I also believe in the power of stories to shape our world view–and ultimately our world. I have always embraced stories with strong female characters (and male, but it’s women who historically and still currently need those stories more). In recent years I’ve become more committed to finding stories with racially diverse characters.
I am recommitting to sharing about stories that offer hope or inspiration, that present characters of every color and creed, that tell us that we can create a better world. I’ll call out stories that present abuse as romance, that tell us we can’t choose our fates, or that gloss over racism or hate.
I believe what I always believed, and I’ll keep doing what I’ve always done. I believe in love, tolerance, compassion, and stories that strive to create a better world. It simply feels that at the moment, that message needs to grow more overt.
So that’s my line of books in the sand. I hope you’ll keep reading. And we’ll see what happens next.