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sswslitinmotion:

It’s just tough to figure out the diversity question - whether in our pop culture or in our literature or our business world (not to mention my own legal industry). 
If diversity is a value to us as a society, we have to make an effort to make it valuable.  If diversity’s not a value, then… it’s not.  (as the right wing might suggest that it’s not, and maybe I’m making obvious my politics there in saying that, because I whole-heartily support that diversity IS a big value in a country as diverse as the USA).
But, that’s tied to who’s in control, in some ways, isn’t it?  We might say we have a free market, but as a reader who’s a person of color, I freely admit that I don’t read much at all of protagonists of color.  I’d have to ask myself why?  Is it because of what limited access I have to books with protagonists or even authors of color, or because of what’s available in the market, or what’s promoted in the market, or what?  I don’t think there are easy answers. 
npr:

An NPR audience poll to select the 100 best young adult books coughed up 75,000 voters and just two books with non-white protagonists. Even a winning writer complained. Kill the judges? No, the enemy is us. Book editors ask for a solution.
via When A Popular List Of 100 ‘Best-Ever’ Teen Books Is The ‘Whitest Ever’ : NPR Ombudsman
Photo: iStockphoto.com

sswslitinmotion:

It’s just tough to figure out the diversity question - whether in our pop culture or in our literature or our business world (not to mention my own legal industry). 

If diversity is a value to us as a society, we have to make an effort to make it valuable.  If diversity’s not a value, then… it’s not.  (as the right wing might suggest that it’s not, and maybe I’m making obvious my politics there in saying that, because I whole-heartily support that diversity IS a big value in a country as diverse as the USA).

But, that’s tied to who’s in control, in some ways, isn’t it?  We might say we have a free market, but as a reader who’s a person of color, I freely admit that I don’t read much at all of protagonists of color.  I’d have to ask myself why?  Is it because of what limited access I have to books with protagonists or even authors of color, or because of what’s available in the market, or what’s promoted in the market, or what?  I don’t think there are easy answers. 

npr:

An NPR audience poll to select the 100 best young adult books coughed up 75,000 voters and just two books with non-white protagonists. Even a winning writer complained. Kill the judges? No, the enemy is us. Book editors ask for a solution.

via When A Popular List Of 100 ‘Best-Ever’ Teen Books Is The ‘Whitest Ever’ : NPR Ombudsman

Photo: iStockphoto.com

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