Today’s post is a link to a Twitter thread Shannon Hale, NYT Bestselling author, created. In it she specifically talks about how white authors can be a positive force in the push for diversity in children’s literature, but I think it speaks beyond the interest of a writer. It’s something we can all try to do in our everyday lives and interactions with others: listen and learn.
Read the whole thread. It isn’t long, but I think what Shannon says above is one of the most important things you can do. Surround yourself with voices that teach you something, even if you don’t agree with everything that is said.
In a pond with no movement, we stagnate. But in a river fed with flowing water, we travel to new places.
Lenten Challenge 2016
Post #2: Coming Out Again, and Again, and Again . . .
Post #3: Dalia Mogahed and why she wears a hijab
Post #4: Why diversity in Children’s Literature really Matters
Post #5: The Emotional Toll of Growing Up Black in America
Post #6: Picture from the Box
Post #7: Diversity 101
Post #8: Study examines television, diversity and self-esteem
Post #9: Growing up Muslim in America
Post #10: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Post #11: Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person
Post #12: It’s a Choice! Oh Shit!
Post #13: Representation Matters
Post #14: #DisabledTwitter Needs to be Dominated by Disabled Voices
Post #15: #BuzzWordsBeDamned