#Cul­ture­Wars

Is it ever okay to trans­gress the bound­aries of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness?

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - Emily Long­worth

Af­ter years of eth­i­cal hum­ming and ha wing, the World Fan­tasy Awards have fi­nally de­cided to re­move the like­ness of HP Love­craft from their lead­ing tro­phy. Al­though an im­pres­sively in­ter­na­tional sound­ing ti­tle, the World Fan­tasy Award is re­served for fan­tasy fic­tion pub­lished in Eng­land, self-ap­pointed mother- land of books. No of­fi­cial rea­son was spec­i­fied for the stat­uette trans­for­ma­tion but the likely cause was Love craft’ s( right) vi­cious and undis­putable racism. He also has an eerily asym­met­ri­cal face that lends it­self to the sug­ges­tion of fan­tasy crea­tures.

Pi­o­neer­ing hor­ror fic­tion in the 1920 sal­lowed Love craft’ s crip­pling fear of the world trans­late into straight-up An­glo-Saxon xeno­pho­bia. The tales do not stand up in the mod­ern world.

Counter Cur­rents Pub­lish­ing group dis­agree en­tirely. They fore saw the re­luc­tance to use Love craft’ s im­age and have re­in­stated it for their own award– which ac­knowl­edges writ­ers who trans­gress the bound­aries of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

Counter Cur­rents de­scribe their en­deavor as an “hon­our to carry for­ward the great­ness of Euro­pean man ”. The world should be thank­ful for such in­sti­tu­tions, bravely up­hold­ing the val­ues of white supremacy in the face of equal­ity.

Back­lash in po­lit­i­cal cor­rect- ness is the hot new trend for this sea­son. Last month, Yale pro­fes­sor Ni­cholas Christ ak is re­fused to is­sue guide­lines on how to dress at Hal­loween and was hounded and ha­rassed by an­gry stu­dents for say­ing so .“Talk to each other. Free speech and the abil­ity to tol­er­ate of­fence are the hall­mark sofa free and open so­ci­ety ,” Chris­takis said tothe stu­dents.

“You should not sleep at night. You are dis­gust­ing,” they an­swered, adding that they “couldn’t bear” to­con­tinue liv­ing in some of the world’ s finest stu­dent res­i­dences, be­cause their class­mates weren’t for­bid­den from wear­ing po­ten­tially racist cos­tumes.

It is good to know that there are still some left fight­ing the good fight.

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