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The White Gaze Censored Me

After writing Blindsided: Essays from the Only Black Woman in the Room, I was interviewed for a podcast by Antoinette Scully, creator of Black and Bookish.com. When Ms. Scully learned that most of my readers were white, she asked about my relationship with the white gaze.

She referred to a sensation that someone is looking over your shoulder. That writers of color need to make themselves understood by, and/or…