Why I’m Parting Ways With NaNoWriMo

Why I’m Parting Ways With NaNoWriMo

Re: With you in solidarity.

To tim_kim@nanowrimo.org on 2020-06-03 10:21 pm

 

Hello,

I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo in the past, but with this message you lose me.

Part of writing and creativity is an adherence to truth and at least some touch with reality. This message and what it contains is such utter drivel and woke jive, and so far from either truth or reality, that I can no longer associate with an organization that promotes it.

If it makes you feel better to appease your sense of white (or whatever race you are) guilt, go to it. But I for one can’t be part of the destruction of a country and a society based on propaganda, falsehoods, and manipulation.

Profoundly disappointed in you.

Frank Yacenda

Frank Yacenda
Fiction: www.stonedcherry.com
Non-fiction: www.fjy.us
Author site: www.reedsy.com/author/frank-yacenda

 

On 2020-06-02 2:22 pm, NaNoWriMo wrote:

Hi writers,

The past many days have seen extraordinary protests across the United States and around the world in support of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, and so many more unarmed Black Americans who are killed by police officers, without immediate and meaningful justice.

We’ve sent a couple of messages that have included anti-racist books and reading lists and suggested organizations that could use your donations right now. We’ll include a few more links below.

We’ve gotten some questions from writers in our community who ask why we’re getting involved here, even in our small way.

We’re involved because we love and care about Black people.

We’re involved because we want to help remove all obstacles to writing creatively, meaningfully, and joyfully. Time, money, and energy are obstacles for all writers that we talk about all the time, and white supremacy, racism, and bigotry make these obstacles loom even larger.

We’re involved because we feel a responsibility to challenge our own assumptions and learn more about white supremacy culture and anti-Blackness in the United States, past and present, so that we can avoid further contributing to those legacies.

Our mission statement includes the goal to create a better, more creative world. Thank you for bringing all of your imagination, perseverance, and empathy as we work together to try to do that. We love you very much.

The NaNoWriMo Staff

 

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