The sacred publishing industry will shoot themselves in the foot before admitting that their push for diversity is doing exactly what I always said it would do. Drive people apart.
The end result of this “cultural appropriation” craze is that there’s no place for a white writer. I’ve been told by several editors to change names so that it has a “more diverse representation”. In essence, I’m told that I can’t put in a western civilization caucasian culture through names (of course, as a Hispanic writer, I may be culturally appropriating that now that I think about it…). If you can’t write that, and you can’t write other cultures, the logical conclusion is you’re NOT ALLOWED TO WRITE.
This is crazy in the land of the free, censoring what can be said and told only by certain segments of the population. It’s gotten so far out of hand that I’m to the point where I’ve advocated against gatekeepers before: but I think it’s high time writers write-off all traditional publishing. If this is the end result, you cannot create what you want, you cannot think the way you think, you cannot have been unfortunate to be born with a certain skin color, you cannot worship God and be outspoken about it, you cannot vote the wrong way and have it be known. That’s a lot of cannots! And that mentality is squashing the pool of artistic talent out there, as well as killing sales. Readers don’t want to be told what’s appropriate for them to read either.
Write what we want and stick to the narrative. Otherwise you have committed wrong think and shall be expelled!
I’ve heard of white writers being forced to change their name. Particularly male authors. For women who love claiming muh oppression for not getting published or for PoC doing the same, there are an awful lot of white males using female pen names to get published these days. And it works. The link above for this article talks about it.
If you’re white and male, don’t bother with traditional publishers. Don’t give worth to their constant need for validation. And don’t ever let them clarify your own.