Monday, August 3, 2015

Diverse Words: July 2015

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

Zetta Elliott invited Asian American authors to her blog to talk about the state of representation in Asian American children’s books.

A Hamline MFA lecture led to Justina Ireland to blog “On Being a Person of Color in an MFA Program” and V. Arrow to blog about anger, kindness, and intention.

Swati Avasthi writes on creating a safe space for marginalized people after that apparent safety has been violated.

Shannon Heffernan has tips for journalists covering people with disabilities that are good for writers in general.
(via Margaret Storey)

N.K. Jemisin addresses the implications of an all-white post-apocalyptic world.

Kelly Jensen talks about combating fat phobia in YA.

Diversity in Publishing

A blogger calls on publishing to address the racism and lack of representation within the industry.

Suleikha Snyder talks RWA’s annual conference, the good and the bad.

Preeti Chhibber defends #HotArchie and talks about why it’s not the same as women objectified in comics.

Daniel José Older talks with the National Book Foundation about diversity in children’s literature.

Justina Ireland reports on the bias in book reviews.

Nikesh Shukla lists four of his experiences with diversity in publishing.

Calls to ban unpaid internships in UK publishing.

Diversity Outside Story

Five black women - Sandra Bland, Raynetta Turner, Kindra Chapman, Joyce Curnell, and Ralkina Jones - were found dead in jail in the last month.
(via Terrell J. Starr)

In response to the death of Sandra Bland, many black people tweeted #IfIDieInPoliceCustody 

Jen Welter, the first female NFL coach, talked about U.S. society’s pressures on girls to be pretty rather than anything else.

Wyatt Cenac discussed a time he challenged racial representation at the Daily Show and Jon Stewart yelled and stormed off.

Gene Demby talks about Wyatt Cenac and being “the only one in the room.”
(via Holly Messinger)

High school student Rebecca Fried proved a professor’s claim that “No Irish Need Apply” signs didn’t exist was false.
(via Bridget Smith)

CN Lester has an advice column up at Beyond the Binary about being non-binary.

s.e. smith reports on the internet still being inaccessible to disabled people.

John Hansen blogs on queerness and identity policing.

Leila of Black Girl With Long Hair talks the problems of cultural appropriation.
(via Nnedi Okorafor)

David Brothers addresses Marvel’s hip hop variant covers and the lack of black artists on their roster.

Parul Sehgal writes about privilege.
(via Ayesha A. Siddiqi)

“Real Life Indian” project seeks to dismantle stereotypes.

Bene Viera discusses the importance behind Usher’s Juneteenth shirt.

John Metta on why he doesn’t talk race with white people.
(via Dahlia Adler)

A Canadian couple were convicted of plotting to kill Jewish children.

Roxane Gay talks about the power of The Empty Chair and the women testifying against Bill Cosby.


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