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Diversity Is Not Enough: Race, Power, Publishing
We’re out here - authors/publishers of color - independent from the soulless, white publishing cabal.
"The disproportionally white publishing industry matters because agents and editors stand between writers and readers."
I disagree with this. Fuck the industry. Fuck the agents. Fuck the disproportionality. The only things that matter are the book and the audience.
I don’t want the mainstream publishing industry’s pity nor their crumbs.
I make it no secret that I rely heavily on the support of regular people - on you! The ONLY thing that separates me from the big six is money. Give me the capital to crank out 12 books a year and market them correctly? I’ll blow their fuckin’ doors off.
lol I didn’t read the article yet. I just reblogged it cuz of the title. But man do I love your passion.
Last month I found a book at a branch of the New York Public Library (called the Science, Industry, and Business Library) which listed all the publishing companies in the United States. Where I live, NYC, there are hundreds. I wonder how many of these listed publishing companies are owned by people of color.
“As I discovered who I was, a black teenager in a white-dominated world,” Walter Dean Myers writes, “I saw that these characters, these lives, were not mine. I didn’t want to become the ‘black’ representative, or some shining example of diversity. What I wanted, needed really, was to become an integral and valued part of the mosaic that I saw around me.”
And the “shining example” Myers speaks of is exactly what the industry responds with when we raise the question of diversity. No one is demanding more tokens though. We’re talking about systemic upheaval.
"I root for black characters
I root for black show runners
I root for black film makers
I root for black actors and actresses
I root for black hosts
I root for black models
I root for black scientists
I root for black writers and storytellers
I root for black people
Because representation matters
REPRESENTATION SAVES LIVES."
"To a limited degree, African Americans have been permitted access to certain positions of competent and legitimate authority. These factors contribute mightily to their acceptance of White American power (domination) and the White American monopoly of positions of authority as legitimate. These forms of giving consent to the social power status quo on the part of Blacks help to obscure as well as deny the fact that they are in fact a dominated and severely exploited group (regardless of class); and helps to obscure the fact that their uncritical acceptance of the “rules,” moral beliefs, perspectives, and their customary-traditional participation in the “American” (White) political-economic process and system is tantamount to the legitimation of their own oppression and to the consensual ensurance of their own powerlessness."
Dr. Amos Wilson on how African Americans put in high place does not even begin to solve the problem because it is collective problem, not an individual problem. He mentioned before that for over a hundred years, African Americans have been granted higher positions of power, but only as an illusion to make it appear that racism is being solved when they are only being used as tools to uphold it.
Taken from “Blueprint for Black Power,” by Amos Wilson (p. 18-19)