I love Children's literature. I love it so much I minored in library media
in college and graduated with a elementary ed degree. If Utah had the money to
hire me, I would be a media specialist in a school somewhere encouraging kids to
read multicultural literature. I would do this through a year long reading
program where students had a special passport they could get stamped after
reading a book set in a country other than America. Such titles they could
choose would include "When My Name Was Keoko," "The Bronze Bow,"
"The Master Puppeteer," and "Journey to Jo'Burg" with
rewards for those who "visited" at least five countries.
If a book is well written and interesting, I will read it, whatever the color or
background of the author. But things such as the Hugo Awards for science fiction
have gotten so ridiculously politicized that I can't and won't take
literary affirmative action seriously.
The next frontier in political correctness: race-norming our childrens'
bookshelves. Why not consider the quality of the content -- irrespective of the
race of the author? Just as it would be unfair to reject Ms.
Allen's literary efforts as "yet another YA novel by a female,
Caucasian, Austin-loving, self-declared book geek", it is unfair to judge a
book -- for better or for worse -- by the color of an author's skin.Don't judge a book by its author's cover.
Wonderful insights and nicely referenced. Whatever books, people, experiences,
and thoughts come our way, those are the things to which we open our hearts.