I want to casually remind all of you young writers of color (especially black women writers on this site) that your words here are currency. I see you writing essays on Michael Brown and Ferguson and leaving them up for free on this website. I know in some cases it’s easier to just share these thoughts on our blogs. But keep in mind that so many of these essays you are writing are valuable enough to see publishing - even unpaid publishing - that would offer you more legal protection and visibility as an author than tumblr. Salon, The Rumpus, For Harriet, XOJane, Jezebel, Hyphen, Thought Catalogue, The Toast - submit! Submit these brilliant essays you’re leaving up here for buzzfeed to screencap and loot!
And yes I know all of the publications I listed vary in their problematic fanbase, editors, and articles. But I want you to be the change at any website or literary organization you submit to. The point I’m trying to make here is that while you sit here creating wonders, white folks are reading your info and regurgitating it for money or at least credit.
Stop underestimating yourselves. When was the last time you said to yourself, I deserve more than this?