I recently read a “writer’s advice” column telling authors to avoid political posts if they want to increase their book sales.
This is how whole populations are silenced.
Those of us who write, have a responsibility to speak up loud and clear for those whose voices are whispers.
If writers shy away from expressing their views, they are capitulating to those in power, who happily quash any questioning of their authority, action or inaction.
Throughout history, writers have been at the forefront of free speech. If we stay on the side-lines, in order to make a profit, we do a disservice to not just our own readers, but to our society in general.