Background; for those who are unaware who Walter Mosely is.
Walter Ellis Mosley is an African American crime fiction novelist and a pretty good one. If you like hard boiled detectives, you’ll like Easy Rawlins, a black private investigator and World War II veteran living in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. I highly recommend his Devil in a Blue Dress. There was a film version of it made in 1995 staring Denzel Washington.
Just so we are clear here. Walter Mosely is not a nobody. A few months ago he quit work on Star Trek but he didn’t say why.
At least not at the time.
“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.”
Like I said, this was months ago. He kept his mouth shut at the time because lets face it he has to live in that world and the Hivemind has long since awarded itself the ability to tear up anyone’s race card.
So why now?
My guess is that it was joke that did it.
Comedy Central HR Director: You can not use the word “faggot,” under any circumstances.
Dave Chappelle: Okay, I’ll remember that from now on. No problem.
Comedy Central HR Director: Thank you.
Dave Chappelle: Uh, I was suddenly just wondering about something. I can’t say the word “faggot” but I can say the word “nigger” as much as I want? Why is that?
Comedy Central HR Director: Well Dave, you aren’t gay.
Dave Chappelle: But I ain’t a nigger either.
I can’t help but wonder if this is the start of a different kind of #metoo movement.