I have talked several times and shared posts about needing diversity in children’s literature, and as before, I will state that this applies to more than just books. We need it in movies and our schools, music and history education, on the news and in our everyday lives. So though it may seem like I harp on one topic that doesn’t really apply to non-writers, it truly does. It applies to the books you buy for your kids, the movies they see, and who they see in important positions like teacher, principal, mayor, policeman, senator, president.
But another important aspect to needing diversity in our lives so that we see people and not “other”, is accurate representation. Though stereotypes can be found in real life, using stereotypes in our forms of media, and only stereotypes, is as damaging as no representation at all.
Please read the following post by Jessie Devine, a fellow writer, in which he discusses this topic.
*New readers may wonder why I’m sharing these posts and why they’re numbered. Here’s a link to my post I’m Giving Up HATE, PREJUDICE and INDIFFERENCE for Lent.
And here are my latest 5 posts in the series:
Post #27: When no gender fits: A quest to be just a person
Post #28: DeRay McKesson: Tackling Racism in the Black Lives Matter Movement
Post #29: Never assume that you’re magically free of prejudice . . .
Post #30: Intersectionality
Post #31: Almost Asian (But Not Quite)
*Please remember to leave the sites I post clean. We are here to learn, not debate. Even if you disagree, we need to learn that just because we have an opinion, doesn’t mean we need to share it all the time.*