So, it's that easy...right? Well, WE ARE WRITING!!! FERVENTLY. WITH NO CAUTION OR REGARD. WITH OR WITHOUT READERS. WE, BLACK FOLKS, ARE WRITING. To say that the lack of available material is because we aren't writing is blasphemous and I'm insulted!
I mean, I have friends of all nationalities. While a few non-black friends are huge supporters and my black skin has no bearing on their desire to eagerly read my work. For the majority, my skin, my blackness, my particular brand of black ink serves as a barrier that makes them feel as though my books aren't quite right for them. As though I'm not writing about human experiences, just like James Patterson or Jodi Picoult. So maybe, in Whoopi's defense, she's never encountered discrimination in literature or television. I don't know. But, I have! And a quick scan of the NY Times bestseller list also says otherwise. It’s in the way Amazon categorizes by race and not subject when it comes to AA books and Netflix for films. The short list of AA writers with TV/Film credits says a lot as well.
So, would it be rude to demand, Whoopi, read some stuff by #blackwriters? Tweet about stuff by black writers. Hire black writers. Listen to pitches by black writers. Watch films by black writers. In my opinion, if you put out a call to action such as the one you spit out on The View, for "black writers to write some stuff..." Does that mean you personally plan to take up the cause? Or are you assuming that because your name has weight, that there is no longer a cause and I, too, can just waltz my black writing behind into any door I choose and be seen, heard, welcomed, published or filmed?
Please don't be deceived. It's not because we are not writing compelling stories that must be told--it's because we, in the words of Langston Hughes (I, Too), are still eating in the kitchen, growing strong. But, tomorrow...they'll see how beautiful I am and be ashamed.