By David T. Valentin
As is the case as of lately, a mediocre white man comes out and puts themselves on the guillotine to be ridiculed by the masses because they’ve come out of their dark, isolated holes to complain about how diversity has ruin their careers. Today, the white man in question is none other than James Patterson, an author who has published two hundred and sixty Times best-sellers in the past 17 years.
In the interview published by The Sunday Times, Patterson spoke at length about how he believes that white male writers are experiencing a “form of racism.” And then, as if leaning into the ridiculousness of the comment, Pattern said, “Can you get a job?. Yes. Is it harder? Yes. It’s even harder for older writers. You don’t meet may 52,year-old white males.”
Queue up the montage of scrolling through publications and seeing a majority of, you guessed it, white males published in the industry.
Just today, the author took back his statement, apologizing for insisting that white male writers “do not” experience a form of racism. As he wrote on Facebook, “Please know that I strongly support a diversity of voices being heard—in literature, in Hollywood, everywhere.”
As many critics of the author have noted, considering his writing is all about the brand rather than his own imagination and ideas, it almost becomes painfully, and cartoonishly, obvious that he’s only caring about the way his brand is affected by his words.