Foremost, congratulations to Mr. Williams.
That said, I’m still confused about Lovecraft Country.
I have not watched a complete episode. It’s not Lovecraftian, strictly speaking, nor is it a parody of Lovecraft. It seems to occupy some in between space that wishes to speak solely through a 2020 lens of American racial progress, setbacks and relations.
Like a lot of those on the left I’m not exactly sure where I should stand when it comes to race, other than prepared to be vocally supportive of brothers and sisters facing tough circumstances, disparity and more unfairness and injustice that any should have to deal with in a single lifetime.
That also said, I have written Gullah and Geechee, barrier islands diaspora fiction, and do not really feel comfortable publishing or sharing it for the same mixed and confused reasons I hesitate to talk about race in general. I feel like I’m bound to be misunderstood, or worse, offend the people I really care about.
Disagreeing with them would be bad enough it seems as long as I don’t have to feel the shame of offending or somehow abandoning them culturally. But when things get tough and real, sometimes some real things need to be said.
I do feel like somehow there is a correct way of doing things, that doesn’t alienate an author’s style or offend nominal sensibilities, no pun intended, ha ha. You have to choose to do things that way though and it certainly doesn’t seem like the easier way, until you get into the consequences of what it really means to silence, disenfranchise or cancel someone out. And there ARE consequences. And there will BE consequences. I don’t have to say that. No one has to say that. That’s just how that works.