Connect with us

Black Listed

How the Overwhelmingly White Publishing Industry Hurts Black Writers

The Difficulties of Publishing While Black

I don't think it's any surprise the publishing industry—print and digital—is overwhelmingly White. The statistics are far more upsetting than you might imagine: a recent Publisher's Weekly survey revealed the makeup of the industry to be 89 percent White, 3 percent Asian, 3 percent Hispanic, 3 percent mixed race, 1 percent Black, and 1 percent other. Twenty-eight percent of respondents admitted that many publishing houses suffer from a lack of racial diversity.

In a recent roundtable for Scratch, editor Manjuka Martin assessed the current state of the publishing world, writing, "most of the gatekeepers come from a place of race and class privilege. How does this skewed power dynamic affect the careers of writers of color?" Speaking with essayist Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Spiegel & Grau executive editor Christopher Jackson, poet Harmony Holiday, and author Kiese Laymon (who is a contributing editor for Gawker), the conversation touched on fostering community, staying true to the page despite an editor's advice, and the overall difficulties of publishing while Black.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

LA Fitness LA Fitness

Former LA Fitness Employee Reportedly Told Her Afro Isn’t Classy


Oumou Kanoute, Smith College, Eating lunch, racial profiling Oumou Kanoute, Smith College, Eating lunch, racial profiling

College Student Says She Was Racially Profiled While Eating Her Lunch


Canadian, racism, discrimination, Grocery store Canadian, racism, discrimination, Grocery store

White Canadian Man Prevents Man From Leaving Grocery Store, Calls Him ‘Illegal Alien’


DC, bartender, gay, Uber DC, bartender, gay, Uber

Passenger Accuses D.C. Uber Driver of Kicking Him Out of Car for Being Gay


Newsletter Signup