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A Few Statistics on the Extreme Whiteness of the Book Industry

‘We were shocked by the extent of the inequality once we analyzed the data’

A customer browses the shelves at Eso Wan Books, a black-owned bookstore in Los Angeles. Photo: Dania Maxwell/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

When Toni Morrison worked as an editor at Random House from 1976 to 1983, about 3% of the books published during that time were written by Black authors. After Morrison left to focus on her writing career, that number dropped…




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Michelle Legro

Michelle Legro

Deputy Editor, GEN. Previously an editor for Topic, Longreads, The New Republic, and Lapham’s Quarterly.

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