Found this story on another blog. Checked it out. Decided to pass it along. Millenia Black is an author whose debut novel, The Great Pretender, was published in 2002. She finished her second novel and sent it to her publisher. The publishing house responded by saying they would publish the novel if--and only if--she changed the race of her characters.
Read Ms. Black's response at: http://milleniablack.blogspot.com/2006/04/great-betrayal-jim-crow-publishing.html It's interesting reading.
As for me, I guess that means I can only write about mid-age, white males who grew up in Southern California with a couple of side trips to Texas in their youth and lived in the late 20th Century and early 21st Century.
What a crock.