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A House Divided

If you've ever been called names, spat on, tripped, and kicked for months; then turned around and punched one of your attackers in the face, only to watch as you're punished and they all get off scot-free:

You're part of my tribe.

If you've ever seen a boy assault a girl, raced across the black top to stop him, chased him down, beat him up, promising that if he ever tried it again, you'd deliver worse, and sat proudly in the principal's office--?

You're part of my tribe.

If you've been a social outcast, who threw a shoe at your best (and only) friend because she tried to join in the group tormenting the new Untouchable:

You're part of my tribe.

If the idea of having to ritually disavow an Enemy of the State makes your lip curl in disdain:

You're part of my tribe.

If the notion that artists have to pass an ideological purity test before their creations can be recognized (or even allowed to exist) brings out the Justice Warrior in you:

You're part of my tribe.

If you understand that compromising with people who will smile politely while they stab you in the back is the worst possible way to pay the Danegeld:

You're part of my tribe.

If it's not about rightfans or wrongfans, or Vox Day, or your allies or their tactics--

-- then you're part of my tribe. The tribe that thinks it's about the best science fiction and fantasy stories winning the awards.

If we do not hang together, we shall most assuredly all hang separately.
--Ben Franklin

Comments

( 3 beers — Lay down a draught )
juliet_winters
Apr. 19th, 2015 01:59 am (UTC)
Steve and I are voting for the first time this year. I will read (or attempt to do so) everything.

I think the establishment (wouldn't they hate to be called that?) are shocked to realize that there is indeed a tribe--and that their most outstanding characteristic is their loathing of being told what to do and what to think.

All this publicity is bringing the true fans (not TrueFans) into the process. It's exactly what was needed.

Speaking of tribes, the powers that cower decided to take away that nickname for our college.
selenite
Apr. 20th, 2015 04:37 am (UTC)
Damn straight.
ndrosen
Apr. 20th, 2015 05:12 am (UTC)
I may not be as brave as you are, Aegis Bearer, but I have had a few comparable experiences.

Long live freedom and damn the ideologies.
( 3 beers — Lay down a draught )