James Patterson Slammed for Saying White Male Writers Face 'Another Form of Racism'

Patterson is the author, or co-author, of more than 200 books — including with Bill Clinton and Dolly Parton — and worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

James Patterson may make his living with words, but he certainly didn’t get on anyone’s good sides with the ones he chose in a recent interview about diversity in publishing and writing.

The prolific author was claiming that it’s getting more and more challenging for white men to find jobs as writers in film, television, theater, and even book publishing. He described the situation as “just another form of racism.”

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Patterson says this as white males continue to be a dominant presence on book bestseller lists and continue to have an outsized presence in every form of entertainment. He was, however, referring to new white male writers, suggesting that it would be harder for them to get started.

“What’s that all about?” Patterson continued, referring to the perceived injustice. “Can you get a job? Yes. Is it harder? Yes. It’s even harder for older writers. You don’t meet many 52-year-old white males.”

Essentially, he seems to be espousing the unproven theory that making room for more diverse voices inevitably pushes down (or out altogether) the voices of the majority presence (i.e., white males).

While talking about his own memoir, “The Stories of My Life,” Patterson also expressed disappointment in his publisher, Hachette Book Group, for their decision to back out of publishing Woody Allen’s memoir back in 2020.

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He argued that he’s “almost always on the side of free speech,” arguing that the beleaguered director as “the right to tell his own story.”

Patterson himself has come under criticism in more recent decades for his extensive use of co-writers, with the author even admitting that he’s more of an idea guy than a sentence-by-sentence guy, suggesting that the co-authors do most of the actual writing.

It has been suggested, though, that Patterson did more of the heavy lifting as author in recent collaborations with Bill Clinton and Dolly Parton. The latter, entitled “Run, Rose, Run,” is slated for a big-screen adaptation with Parton set to star in and produce it.

As expected, Patterson’s hot takes immediately lit up a firestorm on social media, as the last people who could be considered the victims of any form of racism would be white men.

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