Writing the Future

Some years ago I wrote a script for the TV show The Equalizer about a group of skinhead neo-Nazis and a disenchanted Jewish teenager they used to “give Jews what they deserve.” The story editor liked the script, but suggested that such anti-Semitism might be a bit beyond the pale even for a TV show. Comments included:

  • Insulting to Americans
  • Too close a reminder of the Holocaust
  • Americans might feel they were being lumped in the same bucket as Nazis

That was then.  This is now:

~From an article by Jeffrey Goldberg  (TheAtlantic.com)~

“I’m astonished by the online explosion of virulent anti-Semitism by white supremacists thrilled by the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump… the common belief of the threatened crowd is that if he’s elected president, he will open concentration camps in the U.S. and initiate a new Holocaust. Every political commentator with a Jewish name who had criticized Trump had been inundated with a torrent of threatening, anti-Semitic tweets and emails… Some sent me photoshopped pictures depicting me with a Nazi-era yellow Jewish star on my forehead, and in the striped garb of a concentration camp inmate, and warnings that Jews like me are about to get what they deserve…”

Real life worse than T.V.?  Now that’s really terrifying!

“Never miss a good chance to shut up.”

Will Rogers

About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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