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Addressing Racism in the Publishing Industry

As we broaden our examination of oppression, opportunities unfold for those previously not given a seat at the table.

People of color suffer in high-demand groups yet their experiences are rarely delineated from those of white people with cultic experience.

The swift changes in the publishing industry give me hope for much needed changes in how we talk about supporting children like those I grew up with.

From today's New York Times article by Alexandra Alter and Elizabeth A. Harris

“Getting to the top in book publishing has traditionally been a plodding and prolonged climb — and once you got there, you didn’t leave.”

“But over the last year, deaths, retirements and executive reshuffling have made way for new leaders, more diverse and often more commercial than their predecessors, as well as people who have never worked in publishing before. Those appointments stand to fundamentally change the industry, and the books it puts out into the world.”

“Ms. Lucas and Ms. Canedy, both newcomers to publishing, are now poised to become two of the most powerful Black women in the literary world, with the ability to alter the culture of the divisions they lead and shape the landscape. Both are taking on roles that give them discretion over who and what gets published, and the ability to recruit new authors and editorial talent, at a moment when the publishing industry is struggling to diversify both its work force and the titles and authors it champions.”

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