Whitewashing and Racism

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.

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6 responses to “Whitewashing and Racism

  1. Gavin, thank you so much for writing this! I’m so glad to see more people opening up and joining the conversation about all of this.

  2. Well said, Gavin. I’ve signed up for the challenge.

  3. Here is another great blog post on this subject.

  4. Gavin,

    If you’re okay with me being black, I’m okay with you being white.

    You support means more than I can say.

    Just an update, Bloomsbury is changing covers but we are not done protesting whitewashing in the publishing industry. Back pedaling is not equal to change.

    Thanks.

    • Thank you, Susan. I am glad to hear Bloomsbury is changing the cover but that does not really solve the systemic problem. I hope all our ongoing conversations can have a real impact on marketing, images and what books by and about people of color are actually published.

      I found the discussion bout the Cybil Award nominations very exciting and hope it continues.

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