Dylan – Identity Politics

I think writing political fiction has more borders and barriers that people must be careful of. I believe anybody can write any sort of fiction, so long as it is politically accurate, and historically respectful, with all the context included. Joseph Boyden clearly is very involved in the knowledge and identity of his culture which can be seen by only reading two chapters of his book. Boyden was not in any way trying to harm the culture and if anything was trying to respect and show pride to it. I don’t think his work should be discredited even if there is controversy over his award. In my opinion I believe it is the fault of the people who had awarded him for exclusively giving the award to someone that is in their opinion “First Nations”, rather than giving it to 100% First Nations writers.

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