Veronica Roth, the acclaimed author of the Divergent book series, has come under attack from social justice activists for alleged racism and cultural appropriation in her latest book, Carve the Mark, which was published on January 17th of this year. Carve the Mark follows the story of Akos (male) and Cyra (Female), two young people from opposing cultures whose fates are intertwined.
Akos comes from a “fierce” and “brutal” civilization known as the Shotet. The Shotet carve marks into their arms when they kill someone, a practice that is seen as barbaric by the loving and peaceful Thuve, the civilization that the female protagonist hails from. In short, the Shotet are a dark-skinned, aggressive, savage fantasy race and the Thuve, who could be described as having “white skin”, are peaceful people. This plot line, according to social justice warriors, promotes harmful stereotypes.
Having faced criticism from feminist bloggers and fans for promoting racism and white supremacy, Veronica wrote a blog post on Tumblr (LOL) to
defend condemn herself. To say she defended herself would be a huge misnomer, because she did the exact opposite of that. She begun the blog post by stating that as a privileged white person, her opinions on what is or isn’t racist doesn’t really matter and that she was writing the blog post from a place of “cultural humility”.
According to her, the argument that science fiction doesn’t affect real life is false and all works of fictions should be criticized using real world contexts (in case you didn’t realize, she’s bending over backwards to appease the SJWs). Next, she criticized other works of fiction like The Lord Of The Rings, which she described as “problematic”:
The most prominent example of this trope that I have been exposed to is in Lord of the Rings. On one hand, you have the pale, ethereal elves, a force for good in Middle Earth. On the other, you have dark, brutal orcs. Elves and orcs share an origin, but are fundamentally opposed to one another, and this is physically represented, quite prominently, in color. I’m not saying you can’t still love and appreciate Lord of the Rings—there are a lot of problematic favorites to be had in literature.
The rest of the blog post is just her trying to defend the book while simultaneously trying to convince the social justice crowd that she was one of them. She talked about micro-aggressions, racial profiling, and police brutality. She also explained that the language, physical appearances and religions in the book weren’t meant to offend or stereotype any groups of people and that she only had good intentions in heart.
You’d think the Social Justice crowd would be immensely satisfied with this, but NO. Apparently, she didn’t apologize enough in the blog post and that was a huge problem. So they took to Twitter to teach her whats what.
This is why you never appease to cry-bullies: