My Work Is Here To Stay

Vena Moore
Living By The Word
Published in
4 min readMar 31, 2024

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Or how I nearly deleted the piece that has earned me the most amount of money EVER.

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

So, I briefly considered deleting my top earning article for the month. It’s about food gentrification. The piece got boosted and gained a lot of traction. It isn’t just my top earning article for the month, it’s the article that’s earned me the most amount of money EVER in the four and a half years I’ve published on the platform.

Yet, for just a few moments, I briefly considered deleting the story from the site. However, it didn’t take me long to come to my senses and the post remains on the platform, albeit with the comments turned off.

Many white commenters got defensive over the piece because I attacked their attitudes and beliefs about the food they consume from cultures that are not their own. As a marginalized writer who regularly writes about my intersections, negative feedback is par for the course. Privileged people don’t like those they consider inferior to them challenging the systems they use to oppress them. They’d rather we remain in our place and keep quiet.

However, I got more than just negative feedback on that piece. Some of it was downright racist. Here are some examples of the common statements I received:

-“As a white person, I’m tired of being told I’m evil.”

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Vena Moore
Living By The Word

Dismantling white, male supremacy one word at a time.