Critics Blast James Patterson For Saying White Writers Are Struggling To Get Work

The author, who is white, told British newspaper The Times that job difficulties were "another form of racism."
Bestselling author James Patterson sparked controversy over the weekend when he claimed it was become increasingly difficult for white writers to get published.
Bestselling author James Patterson sparked controversy over the weekend when he claimed it was become increasingly difficult for white writers to get published.
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James Patterson, an author who holds the record for the most books to top The New York Times’ bestsellers list, reportedly said it’s become increasingly difficult for white writers to land gigs.

Patterson, who is white, talked about his concerns for white writers in an interview with British newspaper The Times.

″[It’s] just another form of racism,” Patterson said. “What’s that all about? Can you get a job? Yes. Is it harder? Yes. It’s even harder for older writers. You don’t meet many 52-year-old white males.”

A number of Twitter users rolled their eyes at the remark, citing Patterson’s wealth, for instance. Patterson’s earnings were around $80 million in 2020, Forbes noted.

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