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How Do Editors Reach Out to Writers of Color? includes some great links on places where editors could find these seemingly elusive writers of color. Also mentioned this post, specific to sci-fi/fantasy: Diversity in science fiction markets
But please stop saying “Hopkinson, Butler, Delany, Barnes” as if it makes that problem go away. All it does is embarrass the field and further alienate potential writers and readers of color because by saying that as a defense, you’re demonstrating just how unbalanced the equation is, and how ignorant you are of it. They’re some of my favorite writers, and it’s troubling to see their names used as a tool to disprove the lack of diversity in this field when the issue is the math.
Also, a note to authors: think before you tweet! That could be said to the populace at large, but authors seem especially vulnerable for whatever reason. KHP Publishers fire an author after a Twitter fight went too far and he made a “racial slur” to a black woman online. The “racial slur” in question was “Aunt Tom.” Personally, I was actually more offended by the other half of his insult, I’ve never heard of an “Aunt Tom” but people really need to check themselves…
Speaking of which, was Leo snubbed for a Best Supporting Actor nod in Django Unchained? Was Sam Jackson? Check out Slate’s Why Samuel L. Jackson’s “Uncle Tom” Is Tarantino’s Best Character Yet
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