Finally, white male writers have a hero and his name is James Patterson. The multi-millionaire writer and oppressed white man said, white male authors face, “another form of racism.” As history reflects, white males, especially older white males, have faced systematic racism impacting their access to publishers and denying them the opportunity to have their work brought to film with the golden glitz and glam of Hollywood.
Oh white men, will your complaining ever end? Young or old, suntanned or sallow, some white men are full of complaints. Perhaps a colonic may help ease the build up of chronic Caucasian complaints causing immense pain in white male colons across the publishing industry. Writing while white ain’t easy.
As a Black female writer, Mr. Patterson’s words on racism in the publishing industry are inspiring. After all, if someone like James Patterson can overcome being a white man and a former advertising C.E.O, to become a respected successful author, with only a team of co-writers, celebrity endorsements, and a “special” editing wing with a little publishing company, then that means that I have a chance of becoming a successful published author too. His story gives me hope that one day a publisher will not simply grant me a “Rooney” interview for the sake of optics, but instead a publisher will actually publish and pay for my work…only if it doesn’t deprive a white male writer of their due.
Mr. Patterson has apologized for his statement saying:
“I apologize for saying white male writers having trouble finding work is a form of racism. I absolutely do not believe that racism is practiced against white writers. Please know that I strongly support a diversity of voices being heard – in literature, in Hollywood, everywhere.” James Patterson
Thank you Mr. Patterson for such a heartfelt apology. Indeed, you understand the struggles of a writer trying to earn a living whilst doing what they love, write.