It’s racism, all white
HE IS not a great fan of Franschhoek, says a colleague of the Insider. It’s too twee for him. But he is struggling to understand the continuing furore over the whiteness of people who attend its literary festival. A young black writer withdrew in a huff. It’s well known that the key demographic in publishing is the white, middle-aged, female one. Real white men don’t read novels or poetry. Real black men even less. So wasn’t it a good thing that the organisers invited several black writers to speak? What is the fuss really about? Let’s say a young white writer was invited to the Nkandla Literary Festival and he withdrew because the audiences were too black, wouldn’t that be called racism? If so, shouldn’t withdrawal from Franschhoek be called racist too? The Insider is just asking; please don’t invite her to a literary festival to provide an answer.