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Nii Ayikwei Parkes @BlueBirdTail
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#TLDR - if you're a woman or from a #workingclass or 'minority' background in the UK, your exclusion from #publishing is not by accident it's #ByDesign. Inclusion programmes deal w/ symptoms; for change, we need redesign. (co @BareLit & @rlfwriters)…
"They didn’t stop to consider the picture that includes what we have been taught to euphemistically call “side effects”, “human cost”, “collateral damage”." #ByDesign
"But consciousness is hard work and most of the privileged are unwilling to do the work."

"There is a reason why the author of Silas Marner called herself George Eliot – she was working to beat the design."

"Part of that design is editorial approaches that seek to distil and limit what Asian, woman, queer, black, and working class experiences are." 

"...something as fundamental as jacket copy, when loaded with the labels and presumptions of privilege can transform the fortunes of a book, can transform the trajectory of a writer’s career."

"...we need established organisations – if they are going to claim diversity – to actually commit and enable it from within – not just special prizes, but editors, marketers…"

"The truth is, for many creatives from the margins, we hold on to our authentic, non-clichéd, non-labelled voices at a price."

"The redesign must happen #ByDesign – and it will be the equivalent of replacing the tools in the master’s box; it will be like leaving the master’s house ostensibly intact, but forever changed.

… we should call it interior design, because the change must happen within."
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