Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thank You Bloomsbury but I'm Not Ready To Kiss

and make up.

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.

Whitewashing-
  • 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
Bloomsbury regretted the Liar mistake. The publisher failed then as they have now to acknowledge our valid criticism. They have failed to denounce whitewashing and to admit they are culpable.

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?

17 comments:

Colleen said...

Yes.

Vasilly said...

I'm in. I know I've been a part of the problem by not reviewing more of what I read whether the book contains POC, different sexual orientations, and more. I plan on reading and reviewing more of what I read, sharing with my readers the diversity of reading.

readwhatyouknow said...

Yes, I'm here.

The one good thing to come out of this whole situation is that it has opened my eyes and woken me up to realizing how I've been part of the problem.

Thanks for calling me out on it.

- Katie

aa said...

Everyone fastens where there is gain.........................................

nathaliemvondo said...

Well said! I'm in!

The online petition is still open is addressed to all publishers:
http://www.petol.org/bc4all

thestonebow said...

Yes. I joined the 2010 POC reading challenge, and I've decided to shift the bulk of my reviews from "whatever my greedy-reader hands land on" to "under-represented groups." There's too much at stake to leave making change to chance.

Najela said...

http://www.bloomsburykids.com/books/catalog/magic_under_glass_hc_306

They are going to change it, which I suppose is good, but it shouldn't have happened in the first place.

I'm prepared to be in it for the long haul so at least if the chance for Bloomsbury to whitewash another cover arises, they may take the high road and represent their characters of color instead of just putting another white girl on the cover of a book about a person of color.

Doret said...

A new cover is not enough to get me back. Bloomsbury needs to come with more this time.

I am pretty sure Bloomsbury kids doesn't publish any author of color.

One Thing Bloomsbury can to, to get me to consider coming back -

Financial support for authors of color. Be it- paying for writers workshops or stipends so authors have more time to write.

Tarie said...

YES.

Color Online said...

The Boycott page will go, and a new page will go up. We will continue to protest whitewashing. We will post links to incidents and articles about promoting diversity on our new fan page. Of course I need to make a new button.

Doret is right. This time a new cover is not enough.

Lafreya said...

Yes I'm in for the long haul!!

Eva said...

I'm with you. :)

The Rejectionist said...

HELL YES

Kelly said...

Susan,

Thank you for your passion and purpose. I stand with the goal of "bringing about real change which is the realization of true diversity and representation in publishing."

It's important to call out those who get it wrong and applaud those who get it right. I salute multicultural children's book publishers like Just Us Books, Children's Book Press and Lee & Low Books. There are mainstream pubs that hit the mark too. You do a great job of celebrating authentic books for people of color. So cheers to you. Thanks for all you and other bloggers do.

MissAttitude said...

I'm so in! Working on a new post because we do need Bloomsbury to wake up and realize why this is WRONG. An apology is not going to cut it, your points outline this perfectly.


Let me know what I can do to help. And thank you everyone else for joining us for the long haul. Excellent post susan

Color Online said...

I hope to have the button done by tomorrow and maybe the new page.

I have some pieces to write that need to be done immediately so we'll see about the page.

Lauren said...

I'm most definitely in. This week has really made me realise that as a blogger it's not good enough for me to just read whatever happens to catch my eye - I need to be out there looking for books that will help me to blog with a focus on promoting diversity. And I will be.