It’s Sunday and that means query time. I want to talk about how critical we are when it comes to our own ethnic/racial/national group. This topic has come up a few times for me when talking about politics or world affairs. I want to ask you specifically about literature so today’s query is:
Do you judge writers of your own ethnicity, race or nationality differently? If you were black, would you give an AA writer a pass for some element you would judge differently if the writer wasn’t black? If your answer is ever yes, in what instance do you alter your standards and in what way? What about POC writers of a different group? Do you judge their work differently than you would your own group or white writers? If you are a white reader, do you feel pressured or uncomfortable holding POC writers to the same standards you do for any other book you’d read? Is there any fear of coming off too critical?
Now being politically correct is nice but is it always honest? Can we have a frank discussion about how we review and how we perceive other readers' reviews of books by POC writers? What question(s) did I miss? I didn’t want this to be too long but the issue is complex so I hope many of you will share your opinions.
I will tell you what I think later. At the moment, the kidlet is anxiously waiting for me to make breakfast.