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Author Topic: Another rich white guy claims he's victim of racism  (Read 220 times)


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Another rich white guy claims he's victim of racism
« on: June 14, 2022, 12:01:08 PM »
As James Patterson reflected on the state of the writing world today, the best-selling thriller novelist with an estimated net worth of more than $800 million lamented how one group in particular is having a hard time finding work: White men.

In fact, America’s richest author noted to the Sunday Times how White males — specifically older White males — are experiencing what he described as “another form of racism” when it came to trying to break through as writers in TV, film, theater or publishing.

“What’s that all about? Can you get a job? Yes. Is it harder? Yes,” Patterson, 75, told the British newspaper. “It’s even harder for older writers. You don’t meet many 52-year-old White males.”

Now, Patterson is facing backlash from critics and writers who say the author has blatantly ignored recent data showing how the publishing industry has been and remains “a business that is owned by White men.” In a diversity self-audit from Penguin Random House, the publisher found that about 75 percent of the contributors during that period were White. Just 6 percent were Black, while 5 percent were Hispanic, the audit shows. The company also acknowledged that more than 74 percent of its employees were White.

A 2019 survey from children’s publisher Lee and Low Books found that 85 percent of the publishing staffers who acquire and edit books are White people. A 2020 report from the New York Times found a similar result across the U.S. publishing industry, with 89 percent of the books written in 2018 being penned by White writers.

“James Patterson of all people,” best-selling author Roxane Gay tweeted. “First of all, write your own books, pal.”

Patterson uses ghostwriters to help him publish multiple titles a year.

Gina Denny, an associate editor at the publisher TouchPoint Press, noted that when USA Today reported on Patterson’s comments, just nine authors on the newspaper’s list of 150 bestsellers were non-White writers. Three of Patterson’s titles made the list, while just five women of color and four men of color were on the bestseller list. The rest were made up of White men between the ages of 36 and 84, Denny said — and some of the White males on the list have long been dead.

“Dead white men are statistically as likely to be on the USA Today bestseller list as a person of color,” Denny wrote.

Several Black writers took exception to Patterson’s comments, including Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, author of “This is Why I Resist.”

“What an obtuse statement from James Patterson. He best pick up books & educate himself on what racism is,” she wrote. “He’s missing good old days when White men had ALL the writing gigs?”

Frederick Joseph noted that 20 publishers rejected “Patriarchy Blues,” which became a bestseller last month, because he said publishing houses “didn’t think people would buy a book by a Black man discussing patriarchy.”

“James Patterson thinks white men are facing racism in publishing,” wrote Joseph, who has written two best-selling books. “From a Black man who has had over 50 rejections of books (all of which are now bestsellers) because white editors don’t understand them or ‘already have Black male authors’ … shut up.”
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Re: Another rich white guy claims he's victim of racism
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2022, 12:31:42 PM »
What’s wrong with me? I’m an older white male who has never been discriminated against in my life. What am I doing wrong?

Seriously, this is just the trump white victim culture. It may be hard to believe, but the majority of these fools believe they are discriminated against more than blacks and Hispanics.