There’s a lot going on in publishing regarding Diversity at the moment. People are taking notice of how the industry is predominately white, both on the page and behind the scenes. With the demand for #OwnVoices on the rise, the need for more diverse AUTHORS is undeniable, but many seem hellbent against embracing what this means for them as writers, industry pros, or readers.
Thus we get Diversity Double-Talk. When someone says things like “It’s not an author’s responsibility to write diversely” or “Don’t force diversity down our throats” or “The writing community used to be fun, now it’s full of complainers” or “Why should these stories/authors get special treatment?” what they’re really saying is they preferred things the old way. The white way. And they’re sick of having to deal with diverse authors fighting for their fair share.
The second #WCNV chat will give all non-white authors a chance expose Diversity Double-Talk for what it is: racism. The industry is steeped in it and the time for hiding from that fact is over.
Join us September 6, 2016 on Twitter on the #WCNV thread at 6:00 pm EST.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask on the thread or to reach out to @WCNVcontest on twitter.