I’m not sure I understand, Yassmin, how a white writer depicting a minority demonstrates racial supremacy. You are speaking for the “downtrodden” like only the downtrodden can “understand.” Please keep in mind that a man by the name of Morel worked tirelessly his whole life to end King Leopold’s atrocious reign over the Belgian Congo (I know historians will object to my use of ‘reign’ in this context). Morel’s writing and lecturing and constant insistence that Leopold should be held accountable for the atrocities in the Belgian Congo eventually resulted in worldwide recognition. He was joined by other whites — including Mark Twain — to expose conditions until those conditions changed. Should they have kept their distance, leaving the issue to the people of the Congo themselves? Many white people died taking on this cause, as they have in many places around the world. To say they had “no right” because of their color or ethnicity makes it sound ungrateful — just as it does when we ignore the many, many whites who fought for black civil rights and aren’t to this day, recognized — including my Unitarian minister who walked with Martin Luther King to Washington. By walking out of that keynote address, you made it clear that you divide authors by color, ethnicity and experience. As I said, a lot of white people died for causes that didn’t affect them personally. It’s call compassion, and you need to recognize it as such (regardless of one’s color, ethnicity or experience).

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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