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Black writer quits ‘Star Trek’ after backlash over his N-word use

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Walter Mosley, a black writer for CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery,” has called it quits after getting a formal complaint about using the N-word in the writer’s room, according to Page Six.

Mosley quit “in disgust,” the entertainment news source noted.

Mosley, author of popular books like “Devil in a Blue Dress,” penned a New York Times op-ed that was run on Friday where he talked about quitting a high-profile television series after being told by human resources there had been complaints about his language.

“The worst thing you can do to citizens of a democracy is silence them,” the subtitle to the piece stated — we can only assume that whoever wrote it did so with a straight face.

“A pleasant-sounding young man said, ‘Mr. Mosley, it has been reported that you used the N-word in the writers’ room,'” Mosley wrote. “I replied, ‘I am the N-word in the writers’ room.’”

Mosley said he was told very nicely “that I could not use that word except in a script. I could write it but I could not say it.”

He didn’t name the show, but the Hollywood Reporter was told by a source that it was “Star Trek: Discovery,” which was just renewed earlier this year for a third season.

Mosley explained in the op-ed that he did not call anyone the n-word, but used it in telling a story about an encounter he had with a Los Angeles police officer.

“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,” he wrote. “I was telling a true story as I remembered it.”

Playing the race card, Mosley then showcased his talent as a writer:

“There I was, a black man in America who shares with millions of others the history of racism. And more often than not, treated as subhuman,” he stated. “If addressed at all that history had to be rendered in words my employers regarded as acceptable.”

“There I was being chastised for criticizing the word that oppressed me and mine for centuries. As far as I know the word is in the dictionary,” Mosley added. “As far as I know the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence assure me of both the freedom of speech and the pursuit of happiness.”

Informing readers that he opted to “resign and move on,” Mosley painted himself as a victim being spied on by a “snitch” — which may explain his motivation for the op-ed.

“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.”

The response from CBS TV Studios is a product of the politically correct world created by the left, to include Hollywood liberals.

“We have the greatest admiration for Mr. Mosley’s writing talents and were excited to have him join ‘Star Trek: Discovery,'” the studio said in a statement. “While we cannot comment on the specifics of confidential employee matters, we are committed to supporting a workplace where employees feel free to express concerns and where they feel comfortable performing their best work. We wish Mr. Mosley much continued success.”

Tom Tillison


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