Romance writer’s award is rescinded after critics accused her of ‘glamorizing’ Wounded Knee Massacre

Romance writer’s award is rescinded after critics accused her of ‘glamorizing’ Wounded Knee Massacre

Writer is STRIPPED of her award after woke critics accused her of ‘glamorizing the killing of Native Americans’ with scene depicting the Wounded Knee Massacre

  • Karen Witemeyer’s At Love’s Command received the perfect romance with non secular or religious components of 2021 on the RWA’s inaugural Vivian Awards 
  • The Christian western romance novel facilities round ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger and Dr Josephine Burkett who fall in love in Nineties Texas
  • Outraged critics say that opening scene romanticizes the Battle at Wounded Knee wherein an estimated 300 Lakota individuals had been killed by US troopers
  • In a press release the RWA stated they held an ’emergency assembly’ and determined that they might rescind the Vivian award for Witemeyer’s ebook
  •  Witemeyer’s writer Baker Publishing Group launched assertion that stated the writer is ‘saddened’ by the offense the ebook has triggered
  • The win generated some outrage on social media,, with one individual tweeting:  ‘This is appalling. Heroes don’t take part in genocide’

The Romance Writers of America has rescinded its award for a novel that critics accused of ‘glamorizing killing of Native Americans’ with opening scene depicting the Wounded Knee Massacre.

Karen Witemeyer’s At Love’s Command lately received the perfect romance with non secular or religious components of 2021 on the RWA’s inaugural Vivian Awards.

The Christian western romance novel, which facilities round ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger and Dr Josephine Burkett who fall in love in Nineties Texasopens with a scene depicting the Wounded Knee Massacre.

After Witemeyer was given the award, it got here beneath fireplace from critics who stated it offensively romanticizes the battle wherein an estimated 300 Lakota individuals had been killed by troopers of the United States Army on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota on December 29, 1890.   

Karen Witemeyer's 'At Love's Command' recently won the best romance with religious or spiritual elements of 2021 at the RWA's inaugural Vivian Awards before it was rescinded

Karen Witemeyer’s ‘At Love’s Command’ lately received the perfect romance with non secular or religious components of 2021 on the RWA’s inaugural Vivian Awards earlier than it was rescinded 

Outraged critics say that the scene romanticizes the Battle at Wounded Knee (pictured) in which and estimated 300 Lakota people were killed by U.S. soldiers

Outraged critics say that the scene romanticizes the Battle at Wounded Knee (pictured) wherein and estimated 300 Lakota individuals had been killed by U.S. troopers

During her acceptance speech at the virtual awards hosted by the RWA, Karen Witemeyer (pictured) said she was 'delighted and humbled,' and thanked Jesus for her win

During her acceptance speech on the digital awards hosted by the RWA, Karen Witemeyer (pictured) stated she was ‘delighted and humbled,’ and thanked Jesus for her win

The ebook begins throughout the battle the place Hanger, a captain of the seventh Calgary, confronts the Lakota Sioux.

He is ‘grounded’ by a verse from the Psalms because the cavalry calls for the Lakotas’ weapons and when a drugs man begins chanting, ‘stirring up defiance,’ a Lakota man fires his gun, main Hanger to offer the order assault the Lakota. 

‘They’d simply participated in a bloodbath,’ Witemeyer writes on the finish of the prologue.   

In response to the controversy, Witemeyer’s writer Baker Publishing Group, launched assertion that stated the writer  is ‘saddened’ by the offense the ebook has triggered. 

The assertion clarifies that whereas her protagonist participates within the struggle, he is ‘sickened’ by his actions.  

‘The writer makes it clear all through the ebook that the protagonist deeply regrets his actions and spends the remainder of his life making an attempt to atone for the improper that he did,’ the assertion stated. 

‘Witemeyer wrote this carefully-researched story with the information that it will embrace some of the darkest moments of our nation’s historical past, together with deplorable acts of violence just like the Wounded Knee Massacre.’

‘It was neither the writer’s nor writer’s want to offend, however somewhat to recount this historical past for the tragedy it was,’ the assertion added.   

The RWA stated they got here to their resolution to rescind the award after holding an ’emergency assembly.’ 

‘RWA is in full assist of First Amendment rights; nonetheless, as a corporation that regularly strives to enhance our assist of marginalized authors, we can not in good conscience uphold the choice of the judges in voting to have fun a ebook that depicts the inhumane remedy of indigenous individuals and romanticizes actual world tragedies that also have an effect on individuals to at the present time,’ the nonprofit stated in a statement.

The win additionally generated some outrage on social media. 

‘This is appalling,’ one individual tweeted. ‘Heroes don’t take part in genocide. This ebook doesn’t deserve an award for something.’ 

Someone else tweeted: ‘A ”romance” wherein the ‘hero’ commits genocide towards Native Americans is honored with an award named after the pioneering Black girl founder of RWA is why the group continues to bleed membership.’

‘As a Taino, I’m by no means stunned {that a} ebook has romanticized genocide,’ one other individual tweeted. ‘However, I’m VERY disillusioned to see it received an award. After I naively believed in new beginnings and gave @romancewriters a second likelihood? They will NEVER study. Membership completely cancelled.’ 

The RWA is a non-profit for love novel writers that holds charity occasions and conferences and annual awards.

Last yr they renamed the award the ‘Vivian’- after the well-known African-American romance novelist Vivian Stephens.   

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