12 Things That Happen When You Write About Being Black, in GIFs
People are skeptical about your ability to write anything else
Yes, because I’m going to brainwash all the people with my evil prose about the black liberation.
People think you’re associated with Black Lives Matter
Every black person ≠ Black Lives Matter.
You may get pigeonholed
Editors may (with no malicious intent) only assign you stories about race, making it hard to diversify your work.
You involuntarily become the voice of all black people
Your experience becomes the one-size-fits-all “black experience.” Oh, and you also become the expert.
You spend a lot of time explaining to white people
You will repeat yourself several times. It is exhausting. It is a thankless job, usually with little reward.
You may be one of two black writers (if you're lucky)
The Canadian journalism industry only has a select few black journalists at one time.
You get hate
Hate mail. White supremacists. Hate speech. Harassment. Trolls. No good deed goes unpunished, my friend.
You get to see who your friends are
The more you write, the more you'll find people you thought you were cool with aren't down for the cause. You may be doing a lot of Facebook unfriending.
You need self-care
Writing about race can be exhausting. Take time to do you and surround yourself with good, supportive friends.
You incite change
Your words can get people talking, change policies and challenge the status quo. Be proud!
You inspire other black folks to write
You're contributing to the growing number of employed black writers and journalists in Canada. Go on with your bad self!