Okay, I’d say it’s partly because it's Monday, but that isn’t it. I’m in a funk today because when I edited our Summer Madness giveaway, I had to do a few searches to find a review for the addition I was including. And finding reviews was a challenge for every book we’re giving away. Why so few reviews?
I have to step up my own review game. If I want to read more reviews of books by women of color, it’s clear I’m going to have to write them. I love literature across a broad spectrum but I feel compelled to do more to create what I want.
Today I visited Readergrlz and like most mainstream book sites, it is predominantly white. Race is an issue because it defines the dominant culture; race sets the standard and that means the dominant culture calls me the minority. In our politically correct spaces you get a sprinkle of color but I feel invisible in these spaces. I want to achieve what Readergrlz does: positively impacting young people and all readers who enjoy YA literature, but I want a space full of color, a space where I don’t feel like an afterthought or token. I want teens of color to reject invisibility as the norm. I want a space where we can acknowledge race without being polemic or exclusionary.
Okay, so it has taken me more than a bit to create a functioning, organized and inviting space here. I concede it takes time to build a readership and it’s a learning curve to create features and articles that are hits more often than misses. I realize Color Online is one small fish in a huge ocean. It’s not the popularity that’s bugging me. It’s a long history of feeling marginalized, ignored and powerless.
I want more people of color readers reading and reviewing books by writers of color. I’ll give up the funk. Anyone willing to help me to inject some color into the book blogosphere?
Susan is my penname. Wannabe bohemian mama, loc-wearin', veg-head, feminist, activist, writer. I have two daughters whom I drive crazy and the sentiment is mutual. Love a great cook and I have the pounds to prove it.