There are many brilliant people out there who have written about the discrepancy between stories, characters and the covers of books. If you are at all interested please visit Susan, Ari, Vasilly and Colleen for a rundown of the latest event with Bloombury. There are demands for responses from publishers, calls for a boycott and for people to wake up, take a look around and admit that we are not as “color blind” as we would like to believe we are.
I always feel clumsy and stupid chiming in on this type of discussion. I come from privilege. I am a white women, I grew up in a middle class home, I have had the advantages of privilege all my life. Because of this I have made some choices about how to live my life and I am happy with them. I am tired of people saying all kinds of things, coming up with all kinds of excuses and dancing around their own complacency and complicity.
Want to do something? Read books by and about People of Color. Review them. Get the word out.