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What @silviamg said.

Privilege doesn't mean we're terrible. It means we have advantages those from other backgrounds don't have.

Whiteness is a huge privilege.

So is education.

We can't discount them.

We can be privileged on one axis and not on others.
Publishing is run for & by whites. Majority of books pub'd in US are by & about whites.

White authors have HUGE advantages. But when we write on publishing we mostly ignore that glaring systemic problem.

Heather Demetrios raises many useful points but continues that tradition.
I say all of this as a very privileged white author, who was also unaware of just how privileged I am until embarrassingly late in my career.
I get not feeling privileged as far as publishing goes. Took me 20 years to make my 1st sale.

It was hard & humiliating making a career. I still get rejections. It sucks.

But it's even harder when you're not white. When you're writing stories gatekeepers can't fathom.
Our feelings are irrelevant.

We white authors are privileged. White middle class authors even more so. White straight male cis middle class authors most of all.

We can deny it all we want. But the evidence of being published more, promoted more, paid more, belies our denials.
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