Happy Friday Meltingpot Readers,
I just stumbled upon the most hilarious and yet spot on new blog, created by one of my new favorite authors,Carleen Brice. The blog is called White Readers Meet Black Authors and it is Brice's answer to the racial divide between, well duh, Black authors and White readers. In her own words, here's why she started the blog:
" It seems silly, but apparently White people often feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about checking out the African-American section of the bookstore. I’m trying to think of ways to let them know they’re more than welcome to peruse our books. Times are tough for all authors and Black authors can’t afford to have such a significant section of the market ignorant about what we’re offering."
Do you hear that? That's me giving Ms. Brice a round of applause for taking action against such a ridiculous practice of literary segregation. From the booksellers to the book buyers, folks have to know that a story well-written can be enjoyed by anyone. I mean do you have to be Japanese to sob over Memoirs of a Geisha? (Heck, even the author isn't Japanese). No. Must a person hail from San Juan to pick up When I was Puerto Rican by Esmerelda Santiago? Claro que no! So why can't White (or Asian or Latino etc) people read works by Black authors? It is silly, right?
To get the ball rolling and to prod us all along, Brice has declared December, just in time for the holidays, as National Buy a Book by a Black Author and Give it to Somebody Not Black Month. And anything by Toni Morrison doesn't count because White people already read her books.
Check out Brice's new blog for suggestions of books by Black authors that White people might like.
Just wondering if anybody out there is willing to admit why they stay away from Black authors? Or maybe you're not afraid and read them all the time. Do you feel uncomfortable going to the Black section at the bookstore or library? Do you feel that book buying is a segregated business?
Holla back with your thoughts.