Published: Sunday, May 25 2014 4:10 a.m. MDT
Sorry, this is typical leftist nonsense, aimed at assuaging "white
guilt" or actually encouraging it in the name of division and the sacred
altar of "Diversity."With very few exceptions, characters in
fiction books (other than those endorsed by the left) are not highlighted as to
race, and the reader is free to assume that they can be of any race.There are plenty of non-white people in non-fiction worthy of study and
emulation, although the left rather not talk about many of them because they
achieved on their own merits, not as a result of liberal handout programs.
Crispus Atticks; Booker T. Washington; Robert Smalls; the men of the 54th
Massachustts ("Glory"); Sacajawea; Martin Luther King; Clarance Thomas;
Condaleeza Rice; the Tuskegee Airmen; and scores of other historical persons
have been written about and are worthy of study and admiration. Even Barack
Obama is an inspiring story, although his policies are nearly all wrong.We do not need quotas on racial identity of authors or characters. Let
them be judged by the content of their pen or character, not the color of their
I think that my favorite book on diversity is "The Eye of the Storm" by
John Groberg. He was an LDS missionary living on a small island in the South
Pacific in the 1950's. He encountered a lot of different cultural
paradigms and then he was able to understand them rather than condemning them
(like a lot of people tend to do).I think that Herman
Melville's "Typee" is s good book to read about diversity. Herman
Melville was living in a valley of Polynesian cannibals in 1842 and he was
contrasting their culture with Western culture. The problem is he didn't
live there long enough to figure out why they were doing things. But he just
noticed they were different in a lot of ways. But he constantly shows the
readers how they were similar to Westerners in having a common humanity.
In the Dora the Explorer books, she often speaks Spanish and refers to parents
and grandmother with Spanish words. I always assumed she was of Mexican-American
ethnicity. However, I like what DN Subscriber said "... the reader is free
to assume that they can be of any race."
@DN Subscriber"There are plenty of non-white people in non-fiction
worthy of study and emulation"The article didn't claim
there wasn't those books (and I'm not sure why you want to suggest the
left ignores it since those books are frequently written by those race and
gender studies type majors that are often left-wing individuals). The article
was just saying that there's a lack when it comes to fiction.
Why are there more works of literature in English and the main characters are
white males? Well, because white, English readership far surpassed non-white,
non-English readership for centuries. And until the last century, the lives of
males were far more likely to capture the popular imagination than the lives of
females. In the literature produced in the last few decades for youth, we have
seen a demographic transformation in the types of characters portrayed. Even
the example of "Harry Potter" demonstrates a strong, extremely
intelligent female character in Hermione. Harry would have been toast without
Hermione. What I am trying to say is that literature reflects the
world of the authors. Our world has changed, and so our literature will change
to reflect it.
I'm curious to know something. How many people of different races are
submitting books to be published? Does discrimination have anything to do with
it? If not, then ethnicity probably has little to do with it. I don't think
I could write a book about an African American or Latino because I just
don't know enough about their culture. Also, who are buying these books? I
loved 'The Help' and that had Caucasians and African Americans in it.
I also love Amy Tang, and she is of Asian origin.
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