“Where do Black folks put all this pain? Where do we put all our anger?”
The #PublishingPaidMe hashtag highlights anti-Black bias within the publishing industry and opens up the conversation about how editors determine book advances.
“These acts of solidarity are worthless if you are not consistently supporting and standing up for us every single day.”
“Telling stories of ourselves that offer not comfort but complexity is the way to maintain an honest dialogue.”
“I fear that this moment will not last long enough.”
“If you, too, hear the voice of white supremacy ringing in your ear, know that writing is resistance.”
Eleven writers pen letters addressed to fellow Black writers, to their ancestors, to gatekeepers, to members of the media, and to allies, among others.
“I continue pushing and trudging through blanketing whiteness so heavy it often obstructs my vision.”
“I would like to be among the crop of Black writers who emerged from the ashes of a torched racist system.”
“The list of what you can’t do is endless because I know how quickly #blackboyjoy can become #sayhisname.”