As we’ve discussed on here before, diversity in children’s and YA books can be pretty controversial. Just reading the comments sections at any of the latest posts about diversity can make your head spin, between the people denying that white privilege exists and those saying that even if it does exist, it doesn’t matter, because “people of color don’t read.”
Those things aren’t true, but how do we dispel them? How do we address the multi-pronged issue of getting more diverse books out there?
The CBC Diversity Committee is working to help address this. This week on the CBC Diversity blog, the theme is “It’s Complicated.” Check out Nancy Mercado’s opening post:
The internet can often be a rough-and-tumble kind of place when it comes to complex and layered discussions, but we think it’s possible and necessary to have a respectful and open forum where we are able to chat about some of the challenges that we face, as well as the opportunities that exist when we come together as a community.
This will be a safe space for us in publishing—writers, editors, marketing folks, sales people, artists, anyone involved in getting books to kids—to discuss the issues.
Today, Cynthia Leitich Smith is talking about the fear of saying something wrong. Hop on over and join in on the conversation.
On a related note, here’s some recent coverage of this issue.
The Atlantic Wire: The Ongoing Problem of Race in YA
Huffington Post: Race On YA Covers: Survey Reports A Continued Lack Of Diversity
John Scalzi: “Lowest Difficulty Setting” Follow-Up