Literary Discrimination and Censorship

Here’s the story at http://www.hungermtn.org/color-me-perplexed/, but if you don’t want to read the whole thing, here’s the gist:

Author goes to a speaking event and is approached by a librarian who says: “I love your work! I only wish I had more African American students so that I could use your books.”

God help me if I have to wait for Asian readers before my books take off, but then, I didn’t wait to TURN Asian before I read “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.” (I’d still be waiting!) Half a million gamers didn’t wait to check their ethnicity before they turned on their phones, t.v.s and other such gadgets and role-played to their hearts’ content, either.

I KNOW I am not the only person out there bashing her head on her desk because of statements like this. I can’t imagine what Nikki Grimes felt like at the time, but I’m glad I wasn’t that librarian. Responses like hers frustrate the heck out of me. I think I will go look up something by Nikki. It sounds like her books are good reads and that’s really what it should be about.

3 Responses to “Literary Discrimination and Censorship”

  1. Barbara Ann Wright says:

    That does suck. I've been reading about all the cover weirdness going on in YA sci-fi/fantasy lately with characters of color. I still don't get it.

  2. Victoria Dixon says:

    Yeah, another friend of mine commented that she'd probably read a book like mine BECAUSE she wanted to experience a different culture. I keep hoping we can all learn to see beyond ourselves. It's kinda funny that we're our own biggest obstacle.

  3. Rachna Chhabria says:

    That is bad, Victoria. I would feel sad if I was told that. Stories have universal appeal and cut across genders and boundaries. Nothing should restrict us from reading a good story/book.

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