Racism Stirs the Pot for the Romance Writers Group

The Romance Writers Group or the R.W.A., have lost eight board members and the former president. They have resigned their positions due to their reaction and treatment of a member after that member criticized another member’s book. The member, Courtney Milan, who was a former board member and on the ethics committee, accused another member, Kathryn Lynn Davis, of using racist language in her novel, Somewhere Lies the Moon. Milan went on Twitter to vent her frustrations with the novel.   Image via Thread Reader   Milan, who is Chinese-American, took offense to the way Davis described a 19th Century …

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The Romance Writers Group or the R.W.A., have lost eight board members and the former president. They have resigned their positions due to their reaction and treatment of a member after that member criticized another member’s book. The member, Courtney Milan, who was a former board member and on the ethics committee, accused another member, Kathryn Lynn Davis, of using racist language in her novel, Somewhere Lies the Moon. Milan went on Twitter to vent her frustrations with the novel.

 

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Milan, who is Chinese-American, took offense to the way Davis described a 19th Century Chinese women in the book. According to Milan, the woman was described as having slanted almond eyes and she was also described as being not only quiet but quiet because that’s how she was raised. Milan believes those descriptions are stereotypes that promote violence against women. Davis, of course, disagreed with Milan and argued that her words were historically accurate based on the years of research she did. So, she complained to the ethics department of the R.W.A, that she is also a member of. According to Milan, the R.W.A doesn’t have an ethics code for social media, especially if it’s not from the R.W.A’s account. Regardless, due to Davis’s complaint, Milan has been suspended from the R.W.A and banned from for life from holding a leadership position of any kind.

 

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Milan, and her friend and fellow R.W.A. member, Alyssa Cole, went to Twitter to vent their frustrations with the group. Milan felt betrayed by their actions towards her. Other romance authors, like Nora Roberts and Cynthia Eden, voiced their opinions in favor of Milan on social media as well. After that, the R.W.A. took back what actions were taken towards Milan, which resulted in the resignation of the eight board members and the former president. Davis even came to Milan’s defense and said the group’s actions exceed the expectations of her complaint. Now, with all the backlash, they are trying to hire members outside of the committee, and are working towards being better in the future.

 

 

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