This is kind of a remarkable ask of any human being: “Old-school white critics ought to step aside and make room for the emerging and the fully emerged writers of color who have been holding court in small publications and online for years.”
Who gets to define our collective cultural imagination? At the top of the show, Tressie and Roxane weigh in on this month's must read piece in the : "The Dominance of the White Male Critic," by and .
Opinion | The Dominance of the White Male Critic
"... make room for the emerging and the fully emerged writers of color who have been holding court in small publications and online for years, who are fluent in the Metropolitan Opera and the rapper Megan Thee Stallion." Hi. 👋🏽
One Thousand Times THIS. The Dominance of the White Male Critic
A New York Times headline: “The Dominance of the White Male Critic.” NOT a New York Times headline: “The Dominance of the Jewish Male Critic.”
The 6 most influential art critics in the country, are all white...Almost all of them men who’ve written for legacy publications for at least 20 years. True in virtually all genres... in film, there are 27 white male film critics for each woman of color
Always a New York Times headline: "The Dominance of the White Male Critic" Never a New York Times headlines: "The Dominance of the Gay Male Critic" "The Dominance of the Jewish Male Critic" "The Dominance of the Gay Jewish Male Critic"
A New York Times headline: "The Dominance of the White Male Critic" NOT a New York Times headline: "The Dominance of the Gay Male Critic"
I feel like this line of thought needs to be interrogated a bit more deeply.
“The spaces in media where national mythologies are articulated, debated and affirmed are still largely segregated.”
“The role of the critic of color is to unveil and unearth the structures that lie behind and underneath and propel these narratives which always star the same figures.” - in via
Conversations about our monuments, museums, screens and stages have the same blind spots as our political discourse. via ⁦