Yesterday we posted a video on the frustrations of biracial people being put into little boxes. Taking a very different view is Michele Elam, with a thought-provoking article about the pitfalls of “mark one or more races” on the census.
On her blog, author Shannon Hale takes a look at the lack of girls in children’s movies, the limited roles they play, and an appeal to parents: take your sons to movies with girl heroes. The same goes for books and the same goes for other types of diversity: give the children you know books with heroes who don’t look like them.
Race-Talk has an in-depth look at drug policy and the way it contributes to racial disparity in the U.S. There’s some speculation on why drug policy evolved the way it did, but also a concrete look at its effects.
In the speculative fiction world, Asimov’s has an essay on Western speculative fiction authors writing about non-Western cultures; Rose Fox at Genreville provides a rebuttal and a more nuanced look at the issue. (By the way, have you heard that we’re going to be diversifying MG/YA speculative fiction with the imprint Tu Books? And that we’re really quite excited?)
And on that note, we’re off! Have a good weekend and happy reading!