We must admit, we didn’t have “Joyce Carol Oates makes a valid point” on our bingo cards, but here we are.
Recently, Oates drew attention to young white male writers having a difficult time breaking into the novel business in no small part because of woke politics:
(a friend who is a literary agent told me that he cannot even get editors to read first novels by young white male writers, no matter how good; they are just not interested. this is heartbreaking for writers who may, in fact, be brilliant, & critical of their own "privilege.") https://t.co/GmtVY8lbCV
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) July 24, 2022
Discrimination against white men is indeed a thing. They get passed over for college admissions, jobs … why not publishing deals? We must point out that Oates has said some genuinely problematic things in the past, but honestly, there’s nothing inherently wrong with what she said above.
Which is why Pulitzer Prize-winning “1619 Project” architect Nikole Hannah-Jones has such a problem with it:
Anonymous single person anecdote with wildly unprovable claim. You all want to be oppressed so badly.
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) July 25, 2022
Wow. Is that a tweet, or is that a tweet?
Look in the mirror, lol. https://t.co/iHTLi04HEy
— live free or die 🇺🇲 (@wendydoesdishes) July 27, 2022
someone get this dumb kahba a mirror please https://t.co/ulYG2ldyhS
— Ahmed Al Assliken (@assliken) July 27, 2022
Better make it two.
— L 🇾🇪 (@lenhe_j) July 27, 2022
Nikole Hannah-Jones’ bread and butter is wildly unprovable claims. And when it comes to the Oppression Olympics, the competition is pretty stiff, but she usually cleans up at the podium.
Says the most well-known black, female fiction writer of the last few years.
— Write Girl Problems (@WriteGrlProbs) July 25, 2022
That’s your entire career
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) July 27, 2022
Said the writer of the 1619 Project!
Iron Law of Woke Projection never misses. https://t.co/MsttetnYoJ
— Tsundoku Nick (@nickthenovelist) July 25, 2022
So. Much. Projection. https://t.co/4KZy8sIQUa
— Sackcloth + Ashes (@flamingclownpoo) July 27, 2022