What White Publishers Won 't Print By Zora Neale Hurston Essay

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In “What White Publishers Won’t Print" Zora Neale Hurston writers about how we need more diversity within publishing because in order to get published back in 1947 there needed to be white approval. She cements her argument by saying the only thing white people approve is black pain and that only seeing ourselves in pain is detrimental to the community.
Within Zora Neale Hurston’s writing, no matter if it be fiction or non-fiction, she makes it known that she isn’t just writing for fun: she’s writing to make a point. In her article, “What White publishers won’t print” she’s writing about the fact that literature that displays anything other than Black suffering will not be published. She makes this point by talking about how “Anglo-Saxon” people can’t see that we are more than just the stereotypes they created. This article is still relevant to this day, due to the fact that Black people still feel a very strong disconnect to White people when it comes to our personal stories and emotions. While reading the article I have come to the conclusion that Hurston does have a valid argument due to: their inability to look past preconceived notions that they created; the lack of interest of White audiences to Black stories; and, they’re indifference toward Black lives higher than servant status.
Starting with Hurston’s first two sentences she’s already forming the base of her argument, “I have been amazed by the Anglo-Saxon’s lack of curiosity about the internal lives and emotions
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