This is the language of privilege – the audacity of standing at the top of a mountain you made on the backs of others and then yelling at people for being at the bottom. If it’s not the intangible Market that’s to blame, it’s the writers of color, who maybe don’t have what it takes and don’t submit enough anyway. Read the subtextual coding here – the agent first places the onus of change on the folks with the least institutional power to effect it, then suggests we probably won’t be able to find the time (i.e., lazy) to master the craft.
—Daniel José Older, “Diversity is Not Enough: Race, Power, Publishing”
This is a great piece, despite being so frustrating/disheartening.
It’s also a pretty good index of several other major pieces written abotu diversity in publishing. (via yeahwriters)