Monday, December 1, 2014

Diverse Words: November 2014

Diversity is a major topic of discussion in publishing, and so Diverse Words is a monthly link round-up that will highlight some conversations going on in publishing and beyond.

This segment is continually a work in process, so suggestions are always welcome!


Diversity in Writing


Leonce Gater talks about the “write white” trap faced by black authors.
(via Daniel José Older)

Debbie Reese of American Indians in Children’s Literature has advice on researching Native people.

Ashley Ford talks about writing for the girl she was.


Diversity in Publishing


At the National Book Award, the emcee Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) made some racists jokes. He apologized and donated to #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Jacqueline Woodson wrote about the history and pain beyond such jokes.

Sofia Samatar won the World Fantasy Award and writes about it here.

Editor Yi Shun Lai defines her role in diversity and literature.

Michael Silverberg talks about every book about Africa having an acacia on its cover.

Caroline Carpenter talks about her experiences with diversity in the publishing business.


Diversity Outside Story


A Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict the cop who killed Michael Brown.

12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot by cops in a playground.

Jamelle Bouie writes about the literal demonization of Michael Brown.

The cops who shot John Crawford in a Wal-Mart won’t be indicted.
(via Maya Pope-Chappelle)

Chaedria LaBouvier at Elle writes on what Ferguson means for black women.
(via Ari Valde)

Sally Kohn talks about what white people need to know, and do, after Ferguson.
(via Imani ABL)

William Evans at Black Nerd Problems talks about the danger black cosplayers face.

Kelsey Beckham gives the Washington Post a look at their life as agender.

Cops wrongfully detained and kidnapped a blind man before leaving him on the side of a road.

A cook and a janitor at a closing assisted care facility stayed to care for the elderly abandoned there.

Charges dropped for the cop who shot and killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a 7-year-old girl, asleep on her couch.
(via Diane Almond)

In Germany, Tugce Albayrak, a 23-year-old college student, died after being attacked by men she confronted when they were harassing teenage girls.

The Washington Post reports on problems in juvenile justice for Native Americans. (Albeit with a problematic title.)
(via TurtleTalk)

Kiese Laymon’s “My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK”

Debbie Reese of American Indians in Children’s Literature spoke to CUNY’s Independent Sources about children’s books and Thanksgiving.

A new study finds that U.S. schools teach students that Native Americans are history.

Actress Diane Guerrero talks about what happened to her when her parents were deported.

Transgender people speak at USA Today about their lives and fight for acceptance.

Laila Alawa talks about what it is like to be a Muslim woman in the U.S.

A U.S. school district struct all religious holidays from their calendar rather than include Eid al-Adha.

Nicole Soojung Callahan talks about her experiences on race and adoption.

The Real Reason #WeNeedDiverseBooks

White Fetish

1 comment:

  1. The white fetish video was a great way to end this post! I always end up sharing your links with friends and family. I wish everyone noticed the discrimination going on so we could actually do something about it instead of arguing whether people's experiences are legitimate. Thanks so much for sharing.

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