Why It’s Time to Listen to Marginalized Voices

Katie Zhao

Hey, you. You over there with the privilege, too much access to Twitter, and too little self awareness. Guess what? It’s time for you to take a seat, shut the fuck up, and listen for once in your goddamn life. Oh, and while you’re at it, it might be a good idea to put down your Confederate flag too.

(That was not directed at most of the writing community, which is full of supportive folks. That was directed at racist, white, cis-gendered, trashfire people who continue to prove again and again that they are a waste of air and space).

As anyone who’s even slightly aware of the publishing world will know, lately there’s been a lot of talk about boosting #ownvoices stories written by marginalized writers. This sudden awareness and need for diversity has led many to believe that diversity is being plugged as the latest, hottest “trend” in…

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