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Brissett: The Ones Who Walk Away from the Genres

Jennifer Marie Brissett in Fireside Magazine:

“But this moment of the “sudden appearance” of black writers seems to have been misunderstood by many in the larger genre community. Somehow the impression had been left that black writers were asking for something, as in, asking to be let in. This was notthe case. Black writers were not asking for anything; we were offeringsomething. What was being offered were our stories, our imaginations, and our participation in the growth and innovation of the field. And, as with most offers, there was limited time to reply. I’m here to inform you that the grace period has ended and our generous offer has now been rescinded…”