I’m not going to spend a whole lot of time on this because frankly, I’ve talked this subject to death and I’m tired of dealing with it. I’ve done several posts and commented profusely on other blogs about book segregation and the wonder of the Negro section of bookstores where they throw every genre under the sun there just as long as the author is black. As it pertains to romance, they insist that there be a real live Negro on the cover lest a white person purchase the book in error and…actually I’m not sure what they fear, but it must be pretty scary. I guess it could be worse, they could be putting white women on the covers of my book as Bloomsbury insists on doing with their YA books. This young blogger expounds on the point much better than I could. There is some noise about boycotting said book, but I’m thinking it would be a better idea to boycott Bloomsbury’s blockbuster, Commitment. I think that would be much more painful. Of course, it’s probably not fair to Elizabeth Gilbert, but she’s so self-absorbed she might not even notice.
Dear Author is recommending a letter-writing campaign, which I suppose could be effective as well. I suppose a multi-pronged attack is probably in order here. Bottom line is, we have too few YA books that feature people of color, then again, they might be in there, but with these whitewashed covers, who would know?