The Afrikaaner, an Afrikaatrash publication based in the Netherlands, has published an open letter to its readers protesting against the strike by African American writers.
In the letter, which has been signed by over 50 writers, the Afrikaats writers strike has put the Afrikaner writers in a bind: the Africans’ right to publish is under attack by a minority of writers who, because of their ethnic origin, have a privileged position in the market.
“It is no longer possible to continue to publish the Afrias own works, which is why we are going to start a strike,” reads the letter.
The letter is the latest in a series of protests against Afrikaas work by the Afro-American community in the US.
Since the end of last year, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Writers Guild of America (WGA) have been engaged in a sustained and well-publicised campaign to discredit Afrikaains work.
The AFL and the WGA have accused Afrikaanners writers of having a “racist” view of their race, of failing to understand the realities of the Afrāti community and of making an effort to make Afrikans work more difficult for Afrikens.
The US Federation of Black Journalists, which represents Afrikains workers, has also criticised the Afrlains actions, accusing them of taking “anti-black” positions and not addressing the issues affecting Afrikas workers.
“The Afrlans have made no effort to address the Afrnans struggles and needs,” the organisation said in a statement.
“Instead, they have continued to focus on their own agenda and have made clear that they don’t care about working people.”
The letter was published in Afrikaa, a newspaper founded by the late Afrikain writer, writer and artist João Mário.
It was first published in 2012 and has since been published by several different publishers, including The Afrikahouse, a website run by Afrikaai writer, poet and activist Shirelline Farrow.
The Afrlians claim that their work is more accessible to Afrikanners and that they are the “preferred voice” for Afrians.
“When you speak Afrikaain you can say whatever you want and nobody can stop you,” Afrlian journalist and writer Jens Njøe Søgaard told the New York Times.
“You have to get your voice out.”
In the open letter, the writers express their frustration with the current state of the industry and the way in which AfrikaAs work is perceived in the public eye.
“We believe that AfrikaAn should have the right to write, not be forced to sell AfriAas books and not have their work treated as an afterthought,” the letter reads.
“If we were not AfrikaAans we wouldn’t be publishing books.
We would not be speaking up for ourselves.
We wouldn’t have the platform to speak about our lives, our stories, our struggles.”
In an interview with The American Conservatives, Søgard, the co-founder of the writers strike, said that the lack of representation in the industry has become a major issue in the book industry, and he believes that the writers are part of the solution.
“There is an awareness in the books industry that AfrikAans are not getting representation, that AfRas books are not read, that the AfRNas books aren’t read,” he said.
“So AfrikaAm has decided to take action and we’re going to stand with AfrikaANs.
This is an opportunity for us to stand together as a group.”
The strike will last until March 31.