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Yes, I’m A Black Writer — But I Can’t Write About Race Anymore

Living and documenting Black pain is too much of an ask

Photo: Jon Feingersh Photography Inc/Getty Images

Black writers are expected to write about pain.

We’re regularly asked to suffer on the page for a voyeuristic White gaze, that feeds off cathartic writing from people of color.

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Assad Abderemane

Assad Abderemane

English graduate student and freelance writer based in France. Words at Level, Elemental, Gen, Human Parts, etc. Email: abderemane.m.assad@gmail.com