This post itself is pure bullshit.
Blacks love to complain about a lack of diversity in fiction written by white authors, but conveniently ignore the lack of diversity in their own writing. I have read books by black authors and have found that the characters are predominately black and the white guy, if he is in there at all, is always presented as an afterthought and with the same stereotypes that are commonly attributed to whites, mainly the stereotype that all whites are racists. According to the author of this post, I should be offended when an author appropriates my culture or misrepresents it, or as a white person, do I not have the right to be offended?
“Most white writers operate from a place of self-centeredness, a consequence of white supremacy.”
That is an extremely racist statement and implies that only whites are self-centered, because apparently people of color are not subject to the same human failings. Just because a novel written by a white person has mostly white characters, does not mean the author is racist or self-centered, or practicing “white supremacy”, which only exists in people’s minds. A lot of whites don’t understand black culture which is why most don’t bother trying to include it, and when whites do try to write about a culture that is not their own, they get trashed.
Look at what happened to Rowling. People complained that her books weren’t diverse enough, so she tries to include American Indian culture in her next one, and the very people who were angry at her for not being “inclusive” are now angry at her for trying to be “diverse”. Whenever a white author tries to have nonwhite characters in their books that are major characters, not minor, they’re trashed by the very people who complain that there isn’t enough diversity in fiction. At the same time, if a white person complains about the lack of diversity in a book written by an Asian author, a black author, or a Hispanic author, they’re told to shut up and quit pushing their privilege or supremacy on others. The reality is, nonwhites are all about diversity, so long as they don’t have to be inclusive themselves. They just want to force whites to be “diverse” or “inclusive” and to quit being so white, while they segregate themselves where they are with “their kind” and are not surrounded by people or things they deem as “too white”.
What Rowling wrote is fiction. Sorry, but it is just fiction. Her Harry Potter books glossed over the Celtic and pagan religions and traditions of Europe, all of which is a part of “white culture”, and you didn’t see white people storming the internet about how she misrepresented an entire group of people.
The author of this post first complained about how Grossman didn’t have enough people of color in his books and then complained that he appropriated their language when he did have a character who was black in his book. You can’t have it both ways.
Complaining about C.S. Lewis having white kids in his Narnia books is ludicrous. First off, he never actually described their skin color, that was the publishers who did that when they hired out the cover art. Also, he lived in England and wrote the books in the 1950s, which was a time when England was predominately white, so it would make sense for him to write a book that centered around white people. Also, the author of the article says that fantasy doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Well, I got news for her: a white person named Tolkien created the fantasy genre, and most authors, no matter their skin color, tend to write in a vacuum. Should whites get angry when a black author writes a fantasy novel and complain that the black author appropriated white culture? Are whites even allowed to make such complaints?
Complaining about how publishers always pick books by white authors as “proof” of white supremacy is plain stupid and inaccurate. About 99% of authors, no matter what their skin color, will never be selected by a traditional publisher. The odds are stacked against you as an author regardless of your skin color. The other thing to keep in mind, is that publishing companies are in the business of making money. That means that they will only publish books they believe will sell. Many books written by nonwhites cater to a very small audience and though they might sell to that specific audience, they won’t sell anywhere else and the publisher loses money. Most books written by white authors cater to a more general audience and have more consistent sales, which is why it seems like white authors are always picked up by a major publisher. Many publishers turned down Rowling’s Harry Potter series because they were convinced that since it was a kids book (Juvenile fiction) that it would never sell. The company that did pick it up, figured they could write it off on their taxes as a loss if it flopped. But we all know that it didn’t.
“White authors, we are present in every word and every comma of our work. Our stories are not just stories—they’re not—but reflections of us, our worlds, our flaws. Our fantasies do not exist in a vacuum; they are pulled not only by gravity but the weight of reality. And reality includes racism. It includes colonialism. It includes a system we were raised by in which we imagine ourselves as the heroic savior at the center of the universe. Whether we’re writing about New York or a magical land where centaurs roam, our whiteness is present. Take it out of your pocket and stare at it for a while. Doing so might make a better world, and it might make a better book.”
So only a white author’s preconceptions come through in writing? Somehow nonwhite authors never show their views of the world; are never racist; and never show their hatred of anything considered white? So a white person imagining themselves as the hero of their own story makes them a racist, but if a black author does the same they are not?
The core of this article is basically this:
- White people are evil.
- White people are racists.
- White people are always shoving their whiteness down people’s throats.
- Whites, and only whites, need to be inclusive; and even if they are inclusive and try to be respectful of other cultures, they’re still racists and shoving their supremacy down people’s throats.
- If a white author gets published, it’s only because of their privilege and supremacy and it came at the expense of a nonwhite author.
- Nonwhites can do whatever they want and can never be called out on their double standards because doing so is racism and a sign of white supremacy and privilege.
- Whites should just feel guilty about their existence.