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I don't know what's going on this week...but there's waaaaaaaay too much to play with on the 'sphere.

Courtesy of Neo-Prodigy:

Revealing Eden, Save The Pearls Part One, is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which deadly solar radiation burns the planet and kills off most fair-skinned people who cannot resist “The Heat,” because of the low levels of melanin in their skin. The survivors, called Pearls, darken their skin in order to resist the disease and, also, to appear more acceptable to the ruling majority of dark-skinned Coals.

In the novel I aimed to turn racism on its head, hoping to portray its horrors and its inevitable road to violence. The dust jacket photo shows Eden’s face half white and half dark. She is shedding a false cover, and learning to accept herself—a journey we all must take, regardless of race.

To say that a Pearl’s dark skin covering represents blackface could not be farther from the truth. It is not a comic travesty or patronization of any race. Rather, it is a cautionary tale of the dangers of racism and of the rampant destruction of Earth.

The titular character, Eden Newman, progresses from a girl who hates her white skin to someone who understands that real beauty comes from within. I believe that anyone who reads the entire book will understand its testament to man’s brotherhood and the need to respect our planet, as dozens of reviewers have noted. Quick judgments and fear-mongering bring about misunderstanding – in this case, targeting a novel with racism when it has a strong anti-racist message!

I highly respect all races, and abhor racism. I sincerely hope that you will read Revealing Eden and grasp its message of love and hope for the planet and for all men.

- Victoria Foyt
Bar patrons, count the fail.

No, really...count the fail.

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  1. White supremacist fears are the plot line of this woman's book.

    The website describes her book as "this captivating novel set in a terrifying future, which is all too easy to imagine”

    JUST NO!! NO!!

    Th fact that she couldn't come up with a more beautiful mineral to call the ruling class really says something.

    Coals? Coals?!

    The poor defenseless white people are called "pearls" and the ruling class are called "coals". How about onyx?

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    1. And why is it "post-apocalyptic"? And why is it "terrifying"?

      And who exactly are the Coals? Asians? Africans? Polynesians? Native Americans?

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    2. "Onyx" would have been a much more attractive title for the ruling class, especially if they are dark-skinned Africans. I guess Native Americans could be called "Rubies" (red-skinned), people of yellowish-brown complexions could be called "Ambers" whereas people of lighter yellowish complexions could be "Canaries" (after the Canary diamond). SMH

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    3. In the book Latinos are Tiger’s-Eyes. They usually rate above Ambers (Asians). The only people below Pearls (whites) are Cottons (Albinos)

      Fail on top of Fail

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    4. "And why is it "post-apocalyptic"? And why is it "terrifying"?

      Because they’re not in charge any more. For many whites that’s the ultimate nightmare. Also, there's this ever present fear that once people of color take over, their first agenda is to exact revenge on their oppressor. That’s why Obama’s skin-tone is so ominous; for it is the shape of things to come. Even in most post-apocalyptic fantasies we see on the big screen whites still control the narrative. They’re roughing it yes- but they’re carving out a living by the sweat of their brow; much like the old west. What’s also troubling is that in most of these post-apocalyptic worlds black women either don’t exist- or they’re very few in number. This way whites will always comprise the majority (as in the Book of Eli- or Resident Evil, or Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome).

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    5. Leo Princess7/28/12, 12:51 PM

      "White supremacist fears are the plot line of this woman's book." <- You ain't neva lied. And which dominant race/culture in the history of the world has ever given the 'inferior' peoples a much better name than them?* Not that it's not without its problems, but "Noughts and Cross" by Malorie Blackman** did a WAY better job illustrating a black-dominant/white-suppressive world - without needing a catastrophe to trigger it.

      *In order of top-to-bottom hierarchy, according to Hoyt: Black people (Coals), Latinos/Hispanics (Tiger's Eyes), Asians (Ambers), White people (Pearls). Yea.

      **Something tells me that the author being a black woman born and raised in England provided her with a LOT of material. Material that a white woman who was supposedly called a n*gger ONCE in her entire life couldn't possibly wrap her head around.

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    6. Leo Princess7/28/12, 1:52 PM

      Sorry, that should have been "Noughts and Crosses".

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    7. If Asians are "Ambers", then what are South Asians since they run the gamut of skin tones? Or do they exist in this world?

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    8. Leo Princess7/30/12, 1:23 PM

      @Mickey - I reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally doubt she thought/researched that far ahead.

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    9. @Mickey LOL, I was wondering the same thing, what happened to Indians and other south Asians/desis? But then I thought that since Indians literally go from white-skinned ("cottons"/"Pearls") to brown-skinned ("Tiger eyes"/"ambers") to black-skinned ("coals"), Indians won't fit the "colour equals race" American typology and therefore undermine the racialist message she's trying to send. But still Latinos being called Tiger Eyes when they themselves run the full range of skin tones and races? And what of East Asians who can be very pale often and of Afro-Americans who can be quite light themselves? WTF.

      This whole idea actually being thought up, written down and published? (And getting positive reviews at GoodReads?) Holy shit. I'm not well-versed in American/world racial issues, and even I know that this is just WRONG.

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  2. Girl, I need some time to think about this utter fuckery. Until then, you can find me in the bathroom, puking my guts up.

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  3. Leo Princess7/28/12, 12:58 AM

    After seeing two friends on Facebook spew fire and brimstone about this book, I have to break my fast from Tumblr to find out. My goodness gracious, there was far too much fail to count. Bad enough I see the 50 Shades series occupying prime space on local bookshelves. This right here?! Hell to all kinds of nawl, son!

    And the inspiration for this tale? Some white boy on a passing bus allegedly called her lilly-white self a n*gger during her childhood. Google this woman's picture, then come back to me. <_< Yea. That boy must have been drunk.

    Can't even call this 'good intentions gone bad'. Good Lawd.

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    1. So you have to wonder what disturbed her more: having a slur yelled at her or being called a slur for black people?

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    2. She said that the boy called her a slur that related to her lips that was usually aimed at Black people.

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  4. Oh its blackface alright. Whites love to play dress-up and mimic other cultures Badly. Also, its very telling that she should see herself (and other whites) as pearls. Pearls are precious gemstones, the symbol of something rare- cherished and highly valued. Historically that’s how whites have come to define the white woman; but we see right through that ruse. Alternatively, coal is an achromatic chunk of fossilized carbon. Although it is good for heat and its derived from the earth; it has a devastating environmental effect on the planet. Concordantly, whites have come to blame people of color for much of this nation’s ills.

    Moreover, I take it she’s only truly beautiful (a precious pearl) once she wipes the tanning solution from her skin. It’s almost as if she were telling black women: Stop trying to be white. You’ll never look like us in a million years. Stop bleaching your skin and stop with the blond wigs. God in his wisdom has favored us over you; just accept it. The fact that the character has to rely on sun tan lotion for her very survival is a testament in itself about dominant/recessive genes.

    Save the Pearls (whites) seems to be the real agenda. The survival of the white race is paramount once people of color have control of the narrative. So, is Eden patronizing to people of color? How about patently offensive!

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    1. Anyone else having flashbacks to The Other Foot?

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    2. Oh my! You may not believe this, but I left the reference to Bradbury out (thinking my response was too long). But yes... it smells of the other foot.

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  5. I... I just can't. I wish I could collect my thoughts and explain why this makes my skin crawl but I just can't.
    Please, someone help me? All I can think about right now is : "WTF is this sh*t?"

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  6. Lifecoaster7/28/12, 8:52 AM

    *stands blankly for 5 seconds and flips both birds* I'm giving this bitch Mapquest directions to the blackest part of my ass to kiss.

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    1. I'm with you. I still can't generate an appropriate response.

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  7. But what's really interesting is how much support and praise this book is getting on Goodreads.

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    1. Remember Neo if a black calls out racism he's called crazy. White people do it, it's progressively Liberal

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    2. Don't forget Brave and Heroic! Whites love to sling those words about in situations like this. A white child who refuses to cut his purple hair off (per school mandate) is a hero in white eyes. Whites love manufacturing heroes; why should movie directors have all the fun?

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  8. No matter how hard they try,Black people will always figure them out.Why don't they just come out with the truth because we already know the message behind this book.Guess some never heard of the saying "Reading between the lines".

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  9. *facepalm*

    I'm going to burn this book and go destroy anything related.

    other note: Despite what others say about after the end of the world, that privileged white people are the first to go. Trust me.

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  10. This book is nothing more than Birth of a Nation re-wrapped and packaged to manipulate the minds of young people. I dread to think that youth of color could be deceived into sympathizing with Eve and the “pearls”. Worse yet, read this book and completely miss the sinister message within its pages.

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  11. Oooops! The main character’s name is Eden NOT Eve. That must have been a Freudian slip...

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    1. @ JES:
      "Oooops! The main character’s name is Eden NOT Eve. That must have been a Freudian slip..."

      So in this context, Eden is the very exemplar of the white race. Whereas Biblically, Eden is the birthplace of mankind, so it naturally follows that She is Eve. She is their hope; She is their barometer of purity and nationality. Sully her and you forever besmirch mankind's future.

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  12. Oh this is getting better:

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=250845

    Apparently Hoyt has been showing her whole ass in interviews, my favorite is that she questions if there are still African-American readers out there.

    Also, Eden has been having visions of her being attacked by subhuman beasts (the Coals). Apparently these dark skinned oppressors turn into animals as a result of the radiation. i shit thee not.


    And what do you know, she's committing fraud, the praise and awards are fake:

    http://lalondes.tumblr.com/post/28133131882/okay-in-other-news-i-did-some-googling-and

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    1. From Kira's review:
      "I digress. But it's just this sort of thing I abhor: dressing up racism to make it look like some kind of beautiful amazing metaphor. The girl in this book WANTS to go back to a world where the white people reign supreme. She has dreams about black men attacking her and all the black men are portrayed as monsters or "beasts".

      Like I said…”Precious pearls”. The one fear (or fantasy) that many white women have is to be raped by a black man. But as Tim Wise writes in: Resurrecting Mandingo: Black Sexuality in the White Imagination: “…white women are nearly eight times more likely to be raped by white men than by black men, and that while at least one out of every 500 white women will be raped by a white man in any given year, for every 10,000 white women, only 2-3 will be raped by a black man. Certainly then, if white women fear black men, they should really be petrified of white men, since it is these who are far more likely to victimize them.”

      What she’s saying in the book is essentially: "We must hold fast the pillars of white supremacy; or this will happen to millions of women like me. Save your women white men; fight for us!

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    2. The reviews on Amazon have been absolutely brutal. I don't think I've laughed like that in a good long while.

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    3. Just read some of them. Somebody named Frank Bluntly (who, IMO, is Hoyt and gave the book 5 stars) said that those who are blogging about this inherent fuckery are "piling on" even though we haven't read the book. Bluntly says that the book is thought-provoking and original and some other vomit-inducing adjectives and that we're just haters.

      In the next seven comments, Bluntly gets roasted like a Thanksgiving turkey. One of the respondents called Bluntly out as being Hoyt, and calmly stated that she needed to listen to the "haters" because our concerns were valid, and some other stuff.

      The book is holding steady at 1.2 stars. Ankh is right. The reviews are hilarious.

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    4. Wow 156 one stars. Loved this comment by Cee:
      "If i could give this book zero stars, i would. this isn't turning the tables on racism at all- this is telling a story about white people, from a white perspective, in which the white people try to create a community where they can feel safe and superior and beautiful.

      Victoria foyt apparently "doesn't see colour" and it really shows here. when you close your eyes to the issues of POC, you can't be expected to make any kind of intelligent statement on those issues. instead, we just get some mindless drivel about how hard it is to be white. we see black people referred to as "beastly.
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  13. I found this, and I instantly knew it was going to be a bestseller, because if there is one thing white culture loves it's being told it's not the perpetrator of racism, but rather the victim. I mean, this is just so mind numbingly stupid and such a crazy worldview that I can't tell if this shit's supposed to be taken seriously or not.

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  14. Leo Princess7/29/12, 3:58 PM

    Jeezaloo! The more I learn about 'Pearls', the more I wonder what this woman was on when she plotted it.

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    "In the book Latinos are Tiger’s-Eyes. They usually rate above Ambers (Asians). The only people below Pearls (whites) are Cottons (Albinos)"
    Classification according to the color of the skin, again. That was a product of colonization by white people. Why do they think that black people would do the same? Sure, black people would want to have some revenge but why would they do horrible stuff like them to make the earth called "terrifying" and "post-apocalyptic"? If they are the ruling majority then they would earn the wealth/natural resources/economy/media/etc...so why would they make this world into a horror movie if they live well in it? Don't know, I'm probably missing something here...And in this futuristic world, where are the North Africans/Middle Easterns and Natives? What about the mixed blood people? Will such a classification based on skin color will be relevant at that time when a lot of mixing would have occurred? It would have been more "realistic" to give them nicknames based on their lifestyles/wealth or country/area.

    Makes me want to look for more info about South Africa. Are white people really oppressed there? I don't think so. Please correct me if I'm wrong, I like to learn.

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    1. Well, since many Latinos are of mixed heritage (i.e., mulatto, mestizo, zambo, pardo, etc.) I think that it is fair to say that racially mixed individuals would, generally, be in the Tiger's Eyes category. However, I'm guessing that the lighter you are, you would receive a different label. So, Mariah Carey, Slash, Wentworth Miller, & Nicole Richie would be "Pearls" considering their white appearance even though they are all of mixed heritage. But I am willing to bet that the author has not gotten that deep into it. I almost want to read this drivel just to see what it really is all about.

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    2. Yeah, it must be that. I didn't make sense in my previous post even though I tried to think about it...the more I find about this book, the more horrified and speechless I am. "Animalizing" Latinos and blacks (called beasts), like making them subhumans...WTF was she thinking?

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  16. Oh, and it makes me think that many white people assume that black people can't rule a country without making it a scary utter mess. Sad. *sigh*

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    1. Well, look at all of the crap they are thowing at President Obama.

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    2. Leo Princess7/30/12, 1:20 PM

      And this is supposed to be a book that tackles the evils of racism? Wow. I'd hate to see what she'd write if she belonged to Storm Front.

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  17. "In the novel I aimed to turn racism on its head, hoping to portray its horrors and its inevitable road to violence."

    Ah, I see. So the only way that the horrors, violence and utter inhumanity of racism can be acknowledged and examined by white folk is through warped, fictional accounts of white people being "persecuted" for their skin color. *eye roll* It's not enough to listen to PoC who have been speaking and writing about their lived experiences and subverting racist paradigms for centuries.

    "...a girl who hates her white skin to someone who understands that real beauty comes from within."

    Seriously, WTF is this bullshit. Foyt clearly has no conception of how systemic oppression works and whiteness' historical role in it. Her idea of "real beauty comes from within" is disgustingly patronizing and downright ignorant.

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  18. Almost all the videos have been suspiciously deleted...

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  19. Okay I don't know if anyone caught this or maybe I'm reading to much into it but there is one line she writes - The dust jacket photo shows Eden’s face half white and half dark.

    Half white/Half dark. Not white and black nor light and dark. She said white and dark. Two different meanings for references that do not relate. She knows exactly what she's doing.

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  20. Hahaha, man I laughed my butt off watching that video. Man that Foyt lady is a freaking trip.
    Idk what she's been drinkin but can I have some so I can write a counteroffer to this mess.
    I will call it World History: The Truth on How It Really Went Down.
    Omo WP are hilarious, they still trying to get us POC to sympathize with them.
    Mmmm, I dont think that will be happening any time soon, sorry but not really.

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  21. Lord these delicate flowers truly have it bad. My heart just aches for them; what with all of these problems. Its a wonder they even have the will to get out of bed in the morning. Isn't there a foundation we can donate to? Won't somebody help?

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    1. You were wrong for that!!!

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    2. When that poor white girl lamented the fact that she couldn’t take her nap because her maid had the temerity to come early....well, I just lost it. That dearest, was a three-tissue moment I assure you. People of color have no idea what these women go through every single day.

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  22. I'm kind of late here, so I apologize but I haven't heard about this crap before.

    It goes beyond fail, but personally, I don't think this is the case of the "nice" white suburban lady who thinks she's colour blind. I think she knows what she's doing. She is racist and she knows it and this was supposed to be a book aimed at white kids about the "terrifying future". The only thing I don't get is why she wasn't brave enough to call it what it is and offer it through whit supremacist websites, since this is her audience.

    I read her blog and there's some utter crap about whites having less children and being older than Latinos and about the future described in her book is coming (btw, she didn't get the memo about whites already being a minority on planet Earth?) so think this book is a not so secret Stormfrontish 101 "educational" material than an example of a white housewife ignorance. In short, it's a purposeful racefail and I believe she knew what she was doing. I just don't understand why she's not open about it.

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