Historic Racism

Jem Shaw writes: A piece I’d written for It Never Was Worthwhile was challenged last week at a Renegade Writers meeting. There’s nothing unusual about having your writing criticised by the Renegades — they’re a pretty forthright bunch — but on this occasion the challenge was one of racism, which gave me pause. Let me put it in context. The piece in question is written in the first person from the perspective of a deep south white boy. The year is 1918 and he and his buddies are posing for a photograph and ‘we all grinned like a minstrel show.’ Read more on Jem’s blog.


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