…l struggle to support and advocate for those whose identities and skin tones are foreign to theirs. I encourage you to reflect on Reni’s commentary on the willful ignorance of racism in feminism and re-think whether the positive connotations of whiteness with “objectivity” and “reason” is actually an insidious tool for maintaining power.
And stop publishing superficial books about other ethnicities and garnering unearned 7 figure advances for these atrocious collections of words. If you, a white woman, cannot tell the story of a person of color as well as they can (not the grammar, but the real, lived story), then don’t tell it at all.
Ask yourself why you are motivated to tell another person’s story instead of letting that person tell his/her/their own. Unless there’s an altruistic reason, step aside.
Let the person of color tell the story. Let the black person tell the story of what it’s like to be black in white supremacist America. Etc.