… we want to tell stories like Djinn by Sang Kromah and Children of Blood and Bones by Tomi Adeyemi. Stories that have the essence of our culture interwoven into imagined worlds and characters that resemble our tone but look nothing like how we’re regularly portrayed in pop culture.
Every word of this article is perfect. This section in particular is powerful because it emphasizes the fact that whoever is urging you to write about being black is basically attempting to rewrite black culture to fit their own imagination of a singular “black culture”, and they’re hoping to use you to accomplish this.
Medium should feature this article. Medium Staff