Monday, January 23, 2006
Publishing Suppression ~ Suffer in Silence?
Whilst this author gives his/her reasoning for remaining anonymous - I'm disappointed. They're SO on point it's inspiring!
Now, you know my take on this calamity. I'm doing what I can to bring awareness to this problem, and to protect yours truly from being victimized. However - one of the more frustrating aspects of this deal is that there aren't any well-known authors doing anything about it. Yes, they grumble privately about racism in publishing, but publicly? Nada. Tight lipped. Gloss over. Business as usual. They dry their tears with the scraps from the sectioned-off AA market because it pays the bills. Yes - scraps - in comparison to the financial typhoons available to those lucky authors whose commercial works are not market-restricted because of their skin color.
I still maintain that most white authors don't realize the advantage they have simply because they're white. Many are too busy yapping about supporting their fellow authors....But how often does that support extend to fellow authors who happen to be of color? I wonder. Maybe many white authors choose not to notice their unjust advantage. I wonder.
This is a huge problem that many in the industry aren't even wholly aware of. Ignorant bliss. It's one of the primary reasons the dream speech still commands action.
I'd love to hear some feedback from folks about all this. Authors, readers, passersby, etc. What do you think?
In other news: Did he have to go there with Zane? Yikes.