Writing The Stories We Haven’t Heard: Black Narratives in Science Fiction and Why Writing Them Now Matters

“The pharaoh may have long gone, but his nose remains.” Damien Lamar depicted as The Great Sphinx of Giza

Did you know that out of 2,000 published stories each year, only an average of 2% of people wrote of color?

That’s right — in a country where African Americans make up 13% of the population, we are woefully underrepresented in the media. That’s not even considering the number of stories written by non-Black people about Black people.

Why is this important?

Inequality isn’t just about race. It’s about all aspects of our lives — and the media we consume significantly impacts how we think about ourselves, one another, and the world around us.

Why Stories With Black Protagonists Are Key to a Child’s Anti-Racist Education; and 10 books to buy, borrow, or gift today. https://cupcakesandcashmere.com/motherhood/why-stories-with-black-protagonists-are-key-to-a-childs-anti-racist-education

The pharaoh may have long gone, but his nose remains. We are still here, largely underrepresented and massively under-appreciated, and we are constantly suppressed by algorithms when sharing our truths. All we desire is equality and fairness in media.

It’s time to change that. It’s about time we started telling our own stories! In an age where colonialism is the dominant force in many parts of the world, science fiction stories often focus on white people. This erasure of non-white people from science fiction media has negative consequences.

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Damien Lamar

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