White Poet Has to Pass as Asian to Get Published: Where is White Privilege?

If white privilege is so powerful, why would a white pretend to be Asian-American in order to get his poetry published. Here is an amazing headline from the Washington Post: “A white guy named Michael couldn’t get his poem published. Then he became Yi-Fen Chou.” Sherman Alexie read hundreds, maybe thousands, of poems last year while editing the 2015 edition of Best American Poetry, an annual anthology that comes out Tuesday. Just over six dozen of them made the final cut, including “The Read more […]