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September 09, 2019

In Case You Missed It: Black Novelist Walter Moseley, Writer of "Easy Rawlins" Detective Series, Quits Star Trek After SJW Rats on Him to Human Resources For Just Attempting to Tell a Story

Arthur K. posted this over the weekend.

Walter Moseley is the author of the Easy Rawlins series, about a black detective in 1940s/50s LA. In the mid-nineties, Denzel Washington played the character in an adaptation of the book Devil in a Blue Dress.

So he's a writer who also has his hand in cinematic endeavors. As well as a screenwriter.

Walter Moseley was hired to help write the very, very bad Star Trek: Discovery in season 3. From almost all accounts, it's a terrible show heavy on #Woke politics and light on actual Star Trek. They desperately need real writers.

The story Walter Moseley told in the writers room was, I'm guessing, an offering of a plot seed. He discussed an old-time's account casual, practical, non-malicious racism -- the questions that would be raised are these: If an authority keeping the peace routinely tramples people's rights, but with the goal of stopping internecine violence, should that authority be dismantled? Even if it comes at the cost of civil war? At what price ideals?

Seems to raise the sort of questions that Star Trek used to raise.

It's not the greatest idea ever, but 1, it hasn't been fleshed out yet, it's just a germ of an idea to get the creative process going and 2, even if the idea were ultimately rejected -- so what? The whole point of brainstorming is to pump out dozens of ideas, many of which will either be mediocre, half-baked, or outright bad.

There are no bad ideas in a brainstorming session, as they say.

Well -- except when snowflake SJWs are around.

Moseley relayed the story using the old-timey cop's casually racial language -- which I would insist is a valid choice, because that language is suggestive of a time and place and prevailing attitude that "African-American" would not be.

There's a big difference, when writing a Medieval-set story, using the words "central communal trash pit" and the word "middens."

Word choice matters. Writers ought to know that.

An SJW , probably contributing nothing but Progressive Stack points, didn't know that, and ratted to human resources about it.

And then human resources lectured Moseley.

And then Moseley said "F*** y'all, I'm quitting, you're totalitarian monster babies."

And then he wrote an editorial, almost a manifesto, demanding the right to free speech.

Sources note that HR called Mosley to inform the acclaimed writer and novelist that typical use of that word was a fireable offense but there was to be no course of action taken against him. Instead, HR informed Mosley that a writer in the room was uncomfortable with it and effectively wanted to ensure he was aware of the studio's policy.

"Earlier this year, I had just finished with the Snowfall writers’ room for the season when I took a similar job on a different show at a different network. I’d been in the new room for a few weeks when I got the call from human resources. A pleasant-sounding young man said, 'Mr. Mosley, it has been reported that you used the n-word in the writers’ room,'" Mosley wrote in the Times. "I replied, 'I am the N-word in the writers’ room.'"

Mosley went on to explain that the individual in HR said that while he was free to use that word in a script, he "could not say it." Mosley then clarified, "I hadn’t called anyone it. I just told a story about a cop who explained to me, on the streets of Los Angeles, that he stopped all n---ers in paddy neighborhoods and all paddies in n---er neighborhoods, because they were usually up to no good. I was telling a true story as I remembered it."


"My answer to HR was to resign and move on. I was in a writers' room trying to be creative while at the same time being surveilled by unknown critics who would snitch on me to a disembodied voice over the phone," he wrote. "My every word would be scrutinized. Sooner or later I’d be fired or worse -- silenced."

While Mosley did not say he was immediately threatened with termination, he ultimately decided to leave the show. "My answer to HR was to resign and move on. I was in a writers’ room trying to be creative while at the same time being surveilled by unknown critics who would snitch on me to a disembodied voice over the phone," he wrote. "My every word would be scrutinized. Sooner or later I’d be fired or worse — silenced."

Yes, exactly -- they mean to serve as the Watchers in the Panopticon they've built for us.

Someone on the Midnight's Edge YouTube podcast pointed out an angle I think is probably right -- this all happened months ago. So why is Moseley only talking about it now?

The answer offered was: Because Dave Chappelle had "started a conversation" -- you know, the kind of conversation leftwingers are always claiming they want to start -- and it's having a snowball effect of people saying "Enough is enough."

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