Thanks also to Ari and Ah Yuan, young women who give me hope that my generation can connect and learn from the next generation of leaders. And then there is my DQ, who gives me reason every day to fight for her right to be seen, heard and respected for the beautiful teen of color she is. I don't want another generation of little black girls choosing white dolls over black ones because even in the twenty-first century our brown babies don't want to be brown.
For all of you who asked what you can do now, here's my short list:
- Join me in boycotting Bloomsbury. Post my anti-bloomsbury button on your page and list links to articles and letters why whitewashing needs to end now.
- Join the newly formed POC Reading Challenge
- Blog Brown- Read and review titles by or about PoC. And please don't think this is painful like pulling teeth. PoC write in every genre that you love despite the perception that black authors only write about Civil Rights and slave narratives or gangsta fiction. And other PoC doesn't always mean immigrant experience.
- Color Me Brown Links- Find new reads by checking out CMB every Thursday at Color Online
- New Crayons- I'm reviving this Sunday feature where we talk about PoC books we bought, borrowed or got on trade.
- Post links to PoC reviews in your current challenges, sharing with readers that PoC broadens not restricts what we read. I'm in six challenges. And I intend to color up them all.
- Check out Poc Blogs- Read and comment and then pick up new title you discovered there. List below.
- Display I Read In Color button on your blog. Join webring at Brown Bookspeak
- Boycott page on Facebook. Hoping to have option to sign and link to your blog in support
- Diversity Roundtable hosted at Color Online
- New Diversity Award (I know another award) for communities and bloggers who actively support PoC.
- PoC book carnival
Support these PoC blogs. This list is compromised of PoC bloggers and others who focus or significantly promote multicultural literature:
Reading In Color (YA)
GAL Novelty (YA)
The Happy Nappy Bookseller (YA)
Crazy Quilts (YA)
Color Online (YA)
The Brown Bookshelf
American Indians in Children's literature
Black Threads in Kids Lit
Asian in The Heart, World on the Brain
Lyn Miller-Lachman (c/YA)
Mitali's Fire Escape (YA)
Cynical, Ornery, Sublime(Neesha Meminger)
Fledgling (Zetta Elliott)
Chasing Ray (Colleen Mondor)
White Readers Meet Black Authors (Carleen Brice)
BronzeWord Latino Authors
In Spring It's Dawn
PopCultureShock (Rich Watson)
Writers of Color 50 Book Challenge