Confessions of a Race Writer

A guide to writing while Black

To be a race writer is to be a fraud. It is, as Olúfémi Táíwò put it, “to be given authority regardless of what you do or do not know, or what you have or have not experienced.”

It is to inherit the struggles of millions of people, not because you were elected to do so, not because you struggle in identical ways, but because you share a…