There’s a Price We Pay for Silence When It Comes to Race Relations

Zenetta Henchman lives in the small rural town of Buzzardville, Alabama, in the early 1990s. Like many small Southern towns, its residents are caught between the old-time ways of segregation and the more modern ways of integration.

When Zenetta experiences firsthand the dark side of the racial conflicts that bubble beneath the surface of her hometown, she chooses to keep silent out of fear for her family. The Price We Pay dives into the steep price her friends, her family, and even her community pay for that silence.

In what is being called a modern-era version of To Kill a Mockingbird told from a Black perspective, Nikki T. Anthony’s novel paints a painfully accurate picture of the challenges faced by many Black Americans today. Going a step further, it challenges all sides to examine the way their own silence contributes to this picture.

The reasons for that silence are many times the same as Zenetta’s: fear. Fear of not being heard. Fear that we’ll cause problems for ourselves or our families if we speak up.

Unfortunately, as in Zenetta’s case, the silence that we thought would protect us and those we love often becomes the instrument through which people are hurt. It can seem easier to stay silent than it is to speak up, but it isn’t safer.

Too often that silence becomes toxic. It leads to bottled-up anger that explodes out onto innocent people. That’s why we are committed to crowdfunding a movement that encourages people to engage in the conversations that can dispel the misunderstandings and equip Americans on all fronts to enter into open and honest conversations around the issues that matter most.

To discover more about Nikki T. Anthony, her book, and Path To Publishing’s novel approach to changing the conversation around race relations, visit our crowdfunding campaign’s page at https://ptppress.com/taking-a-novel-approach-to-change. Sign up to #JoinTheConversation.

You can also visit www.ptppress.com to learn more about Path To Publishing’s traditional publishing imprint.

Racial Divides Are Hurting Our Children. Here’s What We’re Doing About It.

There’s a price we pay for failing to address the growing divide between races. The highest price is not paid by adults, however, but by children.

That price is often emotional, mental, psychological, physical, and financial as they deal with divisions in their families, incarceration of parents, and growing up years spent bouncing from home to home or foster family to foster family.

Adverse Childhood Events are situations that children face which have been identified as so traumatic that the impact on the child not only lasts a lifetime, but can be passed down to the next generation. The more of these events that take place in a child’s life, the higher the risks are of poor mental and emotional outcomes — such as suicide or being drawn into criminal activity — later in life, and the higher the risk for their own children, as well.

Bullying and discrimination based on race or ethnicity are two of these events. When combined with other adverse events, such as a parent who is jailed, living in an unsafe neighborhood, experiencing food shortages, physical or emotional neglect, parental separation or divorce, it can create a lethal cocktail of mental, emotional, psychological, and physical health problems that leave families in financial ruin and poverty.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We can change things. First, though, we have to talk about it. We have to be willing to hold open and honest conversations about the issues surrounding race. The current ways of holding racial conversations, where we talk about each other rather than to each other, aren’t easy. The results won’t be immediate.

Human beings have a tough time changing because they first have to understand what they are doing to contribute to the problem, then see why the change that they’re being asked to make is essential to improving things, and then believe that making those changes is in their best interest. It can take many conversations before a breakthrough is made. Patience is required.

Path To Publishing isn’t content to sit on the sidelines waiting while the next generation of children pay the price for the silence, the divisions, and the failures of current leadership to step up and own responsibility for fixing the problems. We didn’t create the problems but we will take responsibility for doing our part to solve them.

That’s why we’re crowdfunding a movement designed to bridge the gap between the races. The money raised will be used to fund the publication of The Price We Pay,dubbed the To Kill a Mockingbird of the 21st Century but from the Black point of view, the debut novel of a young Black author. It is being published on our traditional publishing imprint, PTP Press.

Discover more about our novel approach to changing the conversation around race relations by visiting our crowdfunding campaign page: https://ptppress.com/taking-a-novel-approach-to-change. While you’re there, sign up to #JoinTheConversation and support our efforts to open the doors to honest, thoughtful conversations that can produce conversions of heart and mind.

Racial Divides Are Growing in America. We Have a Novel Approach to the Problem.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.” – Jessie Porter, Woman to Woman Conference

According to a recent Gallup poll, 70% of the population of the United States reports being worried about race relations, and 68% reports being dissatisfied with the state of it.

While 60% of White Americans believe a solution will eventually be worked out, 59% of Black Americans have lost hope that things will improve.

It’s clear that despite America’s focus on racial healing for the past sixty years, many things still need to change. This kind of change is not something that can be legislated or mandated. It must begin with the heart and a sincere desire to connect with one another in a way that honors and recognizes the value our diverse viewpoints add to one another.

At Path To Publishing, diversity, equity, and inclusion are built into our DNA. And it’s built into the DNA of our traditional publishing imprint, PTP Press. It is the reason for our existence. Long before it became a corporate buzzword, we sought to bring greater diversity to the literary world by ensuring a path to publishing was available for all voices, regardless of race, gender, color, creed, or sexuality.

As leaders in literary excellence, we recognize that change begins with us. We may not have created the problem between the races, but we do our part to solve it. That’s why we’re launching a crowdfunding campaign designed to do just that starting with what we know best: books.

When Nikki T. Anthony’s book, The Price We Pay, came across the desk of PTP Press, we recognized in it a perfect opportunity to enact our plan to launch a movement to help bridge the gap between the races by encouraging and cultivating the kind of open, honest, and thoughtful discussions that lead to conversions of the heart and mind.

Discover more about our new book and our novel approach to opening the door to these sensitive conversations as part of our crowdfunding campaign: ​https://ptppress.com/taking-a-novel-approach-to-change​. Support the movement. #JoinTheConversation.