A Message about Writing and Social Justice

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

We, the co-creators of The Fantastic Other, believe in the power of words and the strength of meaningful prose, prose with the purpose of reaching, ultimately, to the hearts of readers. The recent events that have unfolded throughout our nation have stalled our thoughts and troubled our own hearts, and we want to say some things:

We as a team believe George Floyd was murdered. We as a team believe that Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery were murdered, and that many others of the black and brown communities have been, and continue to be, horrifically mistreated by American law enforcement and society as a whole.

We have high hopes that there are many in government, law enforcement, and the general public who believe and work for equalizing the balance of social justice and treatment for all members of our beautifully diverse community.

The Fantastic Other values, celebrates, and supports people of all colors and identities. We strive to represent all hues, genders, and beliefs. There is absolutely no place for intolerance or hatred within our community, and we will actively and happily eradicate any whiff of bigotry on our radar. Plain and simple.

We proudly stand with our black and brown brothers and sisters in the fight for universal equality. We are mutually tired and frustrated that the issue of societal inequality is still something that must be addressed and mended, but we will not waver, nor shy away, from supporting the long overdue cause of abolishing racial injustice in our country.

Amy Clement, Co-Editor

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