Is it the policy of this site that only liberal, politically correct opinions are allowed, and that any conservative opinions must be censored?
One of my posts was just deleted by the moderators because it expressed a socially conservative opinion.
On this question, Avoiding racist tropes in fantasy, stating that the writer thought that traditional depictions of fantasy creatures like elves and ogres were racist ...
I gave this answer:
Wow, has political correctness really gone this far? I have never even thought about comparing the color of fantasy creatures to the colors of different ethnic groups of humans. Now that you brought this up, every fantasy story I read from now, I'm going to be thinking, "What color are the fragmonupsies?" I don't care what color human beings are. I certainly don't care what color fantasy creatures are.
Ok, given the excessive race consciousness of many today, I suppose it's something to worry about if you don't want to alienate some readers. To me, a perfectly good solution would be to not describe your fantasy creatures in a way that emphasizes similarity to human ethnic groups. But if you want to be safe, go an extra step and deliberately contradict stereotypes. If you think the conventional picture or your description of some creature makes them sound like Jews, than portray them as generous. If some creature resembles Irishmen, make them tee-totalers. Etc.
I was told that my post was flagged as "offensive" and it was ultimately deleted. My understanding of the explanation was that my post was mostly opinion and didn't answer the question.
But of course the question was opinion, "this is racist". Most of the answers were opinion, "you're right, this is racist". How cold one possibly answer the question without saying either "yes you're right this is racist" or "no I disagree this is not racist". (Explicitly or implicitly.)
The selected answer says "I think being aware of the problem is a good first step" and "With that said, I would still encourage you to make the effort. When I was a young FF & SF fan of color, I was pathetically grateful on any of the --excessively rare --occasions that I encountered a legitimate hero of color in any of my favorite books. These kind of portrayals, whether or not you notice them consciously, do make a difference." This answer had a lot more words devoted to opinion than mine but was not deleted.
I did not use vulgar language. I did not insult anyone. I did not make any ad hominem attacks.
I find it difficult to avoid the conclusion that the problem with my answer was not that I expressed an opinion, but that I expressed a conservative opinion, and some people on this site consider that unacceptable and intolerable.
Let me make clear: I'm not criticizing the original poster for asking the question nor those who expressed disagreement with me in the comments. I think they have a right to their opinion, and I think it deserved to be fairly discussed. My complaint is with those who say that it does NOT deserve to be fairly discussed, because anyone who disagrees with them is out of bounds and must be silenced.
Let me also make clear that I am not complaining because one specific post of mine was deleted. That doesn't cost me any money or make my children hate me or anything. I am trying to prompt a discussion about the larger issue, using my post as an example.
Sorry for the long post.