Saturday, January 23, 2010

RAWW: Readers Against WhiteWashing

We're live. Readers Against WhiteWashing is open for business. You'll find links to whitewashing incidents and reactions to them as we learn about them. You'll also find resources for POC books and writers. We intend to eliminate all excuses for failing to promote brown.

Please add our badge to your favorite pages on your FB page and blogs. Become a fan. Tweet about RAWW.

Please alert us to any news related to our campaign. Contact me or Terri of BrownGirl Speaks.

And don't forget to blog brown. Join the POC challenge and look for our new CORA Diversity Roll Call assignment on Monday.

21 comments:

thestonebow said...

Badge added. Thank you for creating this resource.

susan said...

Thanks for joining us. :-)

Jen said...

Is there a way to make the Facebook group public? I'm not a member of Facebook and I don't want to create an account there at this time.

Color Online said...

I don't think you have to be a member to see the page. Let me check the settings. I'm a novice at FB.

Jen said...

Right now it's saying I have to log in to view the page.

Color Online said...

Jen,

It looks like you do have to have FB account.

Almost everything you'll ever find there will likely be published here or Black-Eyed Susan's. The advantage of having the FB page is it's dedicated space to one issue.

Thanks for your support.

Jen said...

If you're looking to set up a dedicated space on the issues that's not a blog format I've got space on my web site (it could be a subdomain) and I've got several portal options that could be used from my hosting company.

It would make it accessible to the public - not just those who are on Facebook....

Genre Reviewer said...

Just to let you know I added the badge (with link to RAWW) to my book blog. :)

Color Online said...

Thanks Deb.

Color Online said...

Facebook page now public.

Jen said...

Sorry, but it's still redirecting me to a log in screen...

Jen said...

Ah sorry, found a different link on your twitter. I can see it now. Thank you.

Tarie said...

I love the badge!!! :o)

tanita davis said...

LOOK AT YOU! All shiny and professional looking. This is a great idea, to have a centralized place to talk about this.
Go, CO!

Color Online said...

This is how we do it. LOL

Thanks,

Color Online said...

By the way, Ms. Davis. Did you get my Women Writers of Color request? If not, let me know so I can resend.

Thanks,

Kate Halleron said...

I'm writing a historical novel (and blogging it as I go, if anyone's interested) in which my main protagonist and several secondary characters are African-American. I would simply HATE it if a publisher put a white girl on the cover.

So more power to you and I will definitely be adding a badge to my blog.

susan said...

Welcome to Color Online, Kate.

Zoe C. Courtman said...

As a bi-racial woman who creates bi-racial characters in her fiction, this is SO important to me. When we go see fantasy movies and whatnot, I'm forever saying to my (quadroon) son, "So why can't the little black kid ride the dragon? Why can't a Filipina girl fight the Gods?" So I can TOTALLY relate! I'd die if my horror book got optioned and then my bi-racial, braided-hair protag got whitewashed. So thanks for creating the site and talking about such an important issue in literature.

Nicola said...

As a black aspiring writer whose finishing up a paranormal romance series,I would have the mother of all BITCH fits if I ever get published and they hit me with a white washed cover. Jasus,take the wheel,I would,as my son says,go digital. There are some things you stand your ground about,no matter what the cost. My MC is chocolate skinned and she kicks ass. Her friends are South Asian, Vietnamese, White, Hispanic,Bi-racial,and Black. I got the UN going on up in my books,lol!

What is going on here? CDs with plainly black faces sell millions and the buying public has no problem with it. The Italian issue of Vogue,all black,sold like fire. But white readers will run, shrieking in horror, if they see a POC on a book cover? Are they serious with this ish? It insults white readers to think they are all racists and it insults us by implying POC don't read.
Everywhere I've posted snippets of my books,the response has been overwhelming. Kids of color are absolutely dying to see themselves represented postively in books, especially genres like paranormal romance YA,where they are almost non-existent. There are NO main character of color that an entire series is based on in this genre. I aim to change that one day. There is a vast and untapped market here. Since publishers are aiming to make money,it makes no sense to ignore such a market.

Thanks for representing and it does my writer heart good to know folks like you are out here.

Be blessed and y'all have my full support.

jocelynzoe said...

As a white reader I would just like to comment that I have never in my entire life ran, shrieking in horror from a book with a colored person on the cover. As a matter of fact I am quite well-versed in African-American literature, and was slightly offended by the stereotypical view of white people.