BlackSpecFic: A Fireside Fiction Company special report ( Read our report, editorial, essays, and an interview with N.K. Jemisin .) Fiction, we have a problem. Racism. Structural, institutional, personal, universal. We all know this. We do. We don't need numbers to see that, like everywhere in our society, marginalization of black people is still a huge problem in publishing.
At work the other night, I came across a word that always vexes me, and which seems to come up frequently in sports stories. I forget exactly what the sentence was, but it was something like "Because of the players' inexperience, the team has yet to jell."