Here’s one of my favorite quotes about criticism —

“You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.” —Lou Holtz

First off, step away from beer. While your taste in ale is commendable, you’re much too young to start drowning your sorrows with alcohol. Wait a few years for something truly worthwhile, like a midlife crisis.

(That was intended as comic relief, not ridicule of your situation.)

First, there’s plenty of people other than Minorities and Women who care about Minorities and Women. They’re out there. You simply have to find them or make your writing available to them.


Use tags that will interest them.

Keep posting.

Second … uh, there’s no need for you to be any degree of “White.” The world needs for you to be more “you.” God gave your brownness for a reason. Embrace it, own it, and mine it for all its worth. I’m certain there are many other people out there of all colors who can relate to what you have to say. Truth transcends color.

Don’t believe me?

Case in point: I’m a black man who’s written a blog post that a brown man (you) and people of a variety of colors have recommended.

Remember, art that is created from that artist’s personal point of view is what has to the potential to make it great. Take Billy Joel for example. When you look at his biggest hits, the majority of them are rooted in his triumphs, foibles, or life challenges.

“Uptown Girl,” his absolute adoration of then wife Christie Brinkley.

“Piano Man,” his struggling to get a music career going.

Even Taylor Swift. Her music may be quintessential pop, but her lyrics resonate with her fans because she’s telling stories about real life experiences to which her fans can easily relate.

Now that I’be blathered on, I bet you’ve already got this figured out.

Forget privilege.

“Embrace all that you are and strive to become all that God created you to be.”

Author, artist, accidental activist, founder Our Human Family ( Social media: @clayrivers. Love one another.

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