For those of you who did not see my Open Letter, let me recap:
Whitewashing is the marginalization and disregard for children of color. Whitewashing sends a clear message: people of color do not matter. Our children's psyches have been bruised. Your systematic erasure of their images has warped their sense of self. Your failure to recognize the harm you cause has provoked my most fierce stance against you.
- Fails to accurately represent race and diversity
- Says people of color do not matter
- Denies readers positive and diverse representation
- Is socially and morally wrong
Community, there are larger issues at stake here. This was never about a single book, a single book title.
While I will not ask you to boycott the publisher, I am asking that you remain focused and committed to bringing about real change which is the realization of true diversity and representation in publishing.
I'm am in this for the long haul. Are you?