LOS ANGELES â€“ AUG. 6, 2019: Walter Mosley at the FX Networks Starwalk at Summer 2019 TCA at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo credit: Shutterstock.com / Kathy Hutchins)
Walter Mosely says he quit the â€œStar Trekâ€� writersâ€™ room after studio heads chastised him for using the N-word.
The prolific African American novelist and screenwriter recounted the incident in an essay that appeared in the â€œOpinionâ€� section of The New York Times on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. In the article, Mosley states that he told co-writers that police once explained to him how they determine who to stop in traffic.
â€œI just told a story about a cop who explained to me, on the streets of Los Angeles, that he stopped all nâ€”â€“s in paddy neighborhoods and all paddies in nâ€”â€“ neighborhoods, because they were usually up to no good,â€� he wrote. â€œI was telling a true story as I remembered it.â€�
After Mosleyâ€˜s disclosure, a fellow writer contacted human resources to inform them about the incident and how the N-Word made them feel uncomfortable. Then someone in HR reached out to Mosley.
â€œA pleasant-sounding young man said, â€˜Mr. Mosley, it has been reported that you used the N-word in the writersâ€™ room.â€™ I replied, â€˜I am the N-word in the writersâ€™ room,â€™ â€� Mosley said.
Mosley went on to share that he decided to resign after the HR call. He concluded by sharing his discontent with being unable to tell a true-life story about racism in its entirety. Mosley didnâ€™t specify which show within the â€œStar Trekâ€� franchise he walked away from. CBS Studios, which produces the show, wished Mosley the best in his future endeavors.
While Mosley quit the â€œStar Trekâ€� writerâ€™s room, he continues to be in demand. He currently writes for the FX drama series â€œSnowfallâ€� created by the late John Singleton.