Check out Doret's rant/poem about the marginalization of authors of color at The HappyNappy Bookseller. I share Doret's frustration. I really want representatives of the publishing industry, members of major teen blogging sites and teens to explain to me why there is so little attention paid to writers of color. I want to know why the dominant culture thinks all readers can inject themselves into stories with white characters but many white readers reject books with black faces on the covers. And I say black in this instance because there seems to be greater crossover with Asian characters.
Not long ago, I shared in one of my meme posts, a book about a teen girl and the drama of getting the guy. Pretty standard storyline. I have seen a ton of reviews about this same kind of book promoted on teen blogs but not a single reader commented about this book and in my mind, I do think no one was interested because the characters were black.
Every book with people of color as main characters, isn't focused on race. Race may inform a read but even if race is central, why assume you can't relate? In the YA blogging community there is always talk about supporting authors: promoting their books and buying them. So where is the love for writers who don't look like the majority?
Please go by Doret's and comment. Doret reviews YA across the board which is why I love her blog. For YA, she is my first stop. I get the majority of my new YA reads from her blog. She reviews new releases and the not so new, children's and YA, and the authors are black, white, Latino, gay, heterosexual and every other theme you could be interested in. I find real diversity at The HappyNappy Bookseller. And that kind of diversity is sorely missing in the blogosphere.