The New Order of
By Professor Dewey Edward Chester
I write mixed-race stories for the American Library Journal, and recently won their “Best Story” list with romance, drama and action, of bi-racial Americans.
My writing is not content to ask, ‘What changed in America during the ‘War for Human Rights?’ But details how racial order shifted. I interpret little known motivations of mixed-race people, in sports, race and politics.
After my novel’s release, Librarians told me they were placing it in their “romance section,” but others wanted it in the “African American” section, then, they couldn’t put it there because a ‘white woman’ was on its cover.”
A black Author, portraying a white woman on his cover, I discovered, was not legitimate.
I was advised, “There’s a rule in the book-selling business: black people can’t write about white people, at least not from a first person point of view; no one will buy the story.”
I assured my adviser I was intending to hire a white female to impersonate me, and suddenly my novel was marketed immediately to New York publishers.
I was pitched as ‘Michelle Stahr,’ the first white female who participated in the Human Rights Movement. I received six figure offers.
My publishers planned on advertising an imaginary ‘white’ woman – Human Rights pioneer — on the Oprah Book Club show, talking about her bi-racial romance novel. But when they realized I was the author, they withdrew their offers. I discovered I couldn’t tour with legitimacy.
Many traditional American publishing companies, I realized, are made up of executives producing stories for people who look like them — an astounding philosophy, and wrong.
I was asked by one publisher if I would change my novel’s character from black to white because “black people don’t sell; no one wants to read about them.”
*Professor Dewey is the Author of the novel, “My Emma Remembered.”
MY EMMA REMEMBERED, a novel
—- ANDREW YOUNG, former mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.
This marks the beginning of a passionate love affair that leads to an equally passionate marriage. Sam believes in Michael’s ability to become the best big city mayor in American history, but questions his unorthodox progressiveness in handling big city problems. And always, Michael’s strongly held political beliefs come between them.
After the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., rioting breaks out in major cities across the country. Michael is secretly called to Washington by an Intelligence Committee that informs him that his life is in danger — one of his befriended community workers is alleged to be plotting a major riot in his city with communist inspired backing.
Michael refuses to believe that his progressive mayoral-ship is being brought to an end by a simple betrayall, and when he asks for Samantha’s support, she denies him; feeling that now she had finally won the conservative vs. liberal battle. She also realizes that their personal war has come to an end.
They part, knowing what happiness they had cannot be recaptured.
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Noticeably, these articles are mainly from the other point of view, writing black characters when you are not…
What do you think of this subject? Are their any legitimate reasons boundaries like these should be made? Should black people be able to write about white people and vice versa?
What are your favourite books where authors have written ‘as a colour they are not’? The Help by author Kathryn Stockett and Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult spring to mind! Both have done very well. The Help became a successful film, and even Small Great Things is soon to be a film, starring Viola Davis and Julia Roberts. But again, both these authors are white.
Come one, what do you think? We’d love to hear your views!
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