SJWs Go After Fantasy Fiction, Creating a Firestorm Over 'The Black Witch'
A book called The Black Witch is making a name for itself, and not necessarily because of the writing. You see, the book uses prejudice as a theme within the book, where characters of the protagonist's race are the top dogs and they look down on everyone who isn't like them.
As such, it should be unsurprising that the protagonist espouses some pretty problematic views during her character arc, particular in the early parts of it.
Yet, for the social justice jihadis of our world, this kind of thing can never be included in a book, especially if it's the protagonist saying it. They despise it so much that they're trying to destroy the book. Via Vulture:
The Black Witch centers on a girl named Elloren who has been raised in a stratified society where other races (including selkies, fae, wolfmen, etc.) are considered inferior at best and enemies at worst. But when she goes off to college, she begins to question her beliefs, an ideological transformation she’s still working on when she joins with the rebellion in the last of the novel’s 600 pages. (It’s the first of a series; one hopes that Elloren will be more woke in book two.)
It was this premise that led Sinyard to slam The Black Witch as “racist, ableist, homophobic, and … written with no marginalized people in mind,” in a review that consisted largely of pull quotes featuring the book’s racist characters saying or doing racist things. Here’s a representative excerpt, an offending sentence juxtaposed with Sinyard’s commentary:“pg. 163. The Kelts are not a pure race like us. They’re more accepting of intermarriage, and because of this, they’re hopelessly mixed.”
Yes, you just read that with your own two eyes. This is one of the times my jaw dropped in horror and I had to walk away from this book.
To be sure, that quote is certainly not a good thing.
But there's something in fiction called "the character arc" — the change that the story creates within the character. Sinyard is looking at a character in a fairly early part of the book — page 163 of a 600-page book, so not even a third of the way through — and has judged the entire character arc. Does the character continue thinking that way? Does the character look at other races differently by the end? These are questions to be answered.
Yet the problem was that a protagonist espoused the views at all, which is forbidden. It's fine for a villain to speak them, but the hero? That can only happen because the author endorses this kind of thought (rather than what the character thinks at the end of the book).