Writing Race in America

White authors have a duty 
to create black characters

Writing Race 
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Andres da Loba for The Chronicle Review

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Andres da Loba for The Chronicle Review

I regularly have lunch with a colleague. He’s a writer, too. We meet on Tuesdays or Fridays, when neither of us teaches, and our meals include Guinness and sometimes Scotch and always lively conversation. He’s white and built thick, has a shaved head and a goatee, and for several years he’s been writing a series of short stories based on some of our conversations. He calls them "Black Guy Bald Guy"—without a comma indicating two different