Hello friends. This blog post is incredibly spur of the moment so bear with me. I was originally planning on posting my #ReadThemAllThon Wrap Up, but this is way more important. This post is going to be all over the place. If I say something that’s not right please call me out on it.
If you weren’t aware a video was uploaded on YouTube recently where a white woman basically said that diversity was the worst word in the world and then went on to cry about how she’s sick of seeing “Non-White Character” lists and people wanting diverse books ect. and probably a lot of other awful, ignorant and racist things that I didn’t see because I stopped watching three minutes in.
I’m white. I have no idea what it means to be oppressed or to experience racism. I am an aromantic, mentally ill woman so I have experienced ableism and misogyny, but not to the degree that POC would have. As a white person I realise that I’m going to have internalised racism. All white people have internalised racism. The majority of my teen years were spent with me being EXTREMELY ignorant and uneducated. I didn’t have the resources we have now. However, now there is honestly no excuse for people NOT to educate themselves. Everything is a literally a Google search away. I am always learning. I am always trying to better myself and we should all be doing the same.
Recently, my mentions were filled with racists because a football player from the team I support called out a woman who didn’t have a problem with putting black face on her child. If these people were genuinely unaware of cultural appropriation then I would have politely pointed them in the right direction. Except these people did know and they didn’t care. And that’s when we have a problem.
As white people we are constantly being told that we’re good enough. We don’t need to worry about being killed because of the colour of our skin. We are always being celebrated. We can take all these things POC are being killed and abused for and turn them into “fashion”. Black women have faced being fired from their jobs because of their natural hair, but white women can do the same and a magazine will talk about how it’s “the hot new trend”. How many innocent black people have been killed by police? How many Muslims still have to deal with 9/11 abuse being hurled their way? I can not imagine what it’s like to constantly be living in fear.
We have absolutely zero right to be angered because marginalised groups are asking for representation that they rightfully deserve. And we have absolutely zero right to be angered because those marginalised groups ARE being celebrated. #OWNVOICES is a beautiful thing and I will ALWAYS support it.
There are so many awful things happening in the world and you’re trying to say that “diversity” is the absolute worst? That is some absolute bullshit right there. I know I’m white. I know I’m privileged. That, however is a whole new level of privilege and ignorance that I will never understand or be a part of.
Diverse BookTubers You Should Be Watching
Instead of that woman receiving hits and traffic that she does not deserve, here are some people you should be watching instead!!
I also want to give a shout out to the incredible Naz @ Read Diverse Books. Honestly Naz’s blog has taught me SO MUCH in the past six months.
Hannah @ A Clockwork Reader
Ameriie @ Books Beauty Ameriie
Anaïs @ Clockwork Kitten
Jeann @ Happy Indulgence
Ngoc @ happycomesfirst
Sanaa @ InkBonesBooks
Marines @ mynameismarines
Adriana @ perpetualpages
Naya @ NayaReadsandSmiles
Chami @ ReadLikeWildfire
Rincey @ Rincey Reads
Monica @ shemightbemonica
Joce @ squibblesreads
Joseph @ The Boy Who Cried Books
I will admit that the majority of the books I’ve read have not been diverse. I am trying to change that though. Thanks to blogging and BookTube I have discovered so many incredible books that I want to read! This just a few of the ones I’m hoping to get to soon. I truly believe that everyone should be making an effort to read diverse books. I guarantee there will be SOMETHING that you like.
These books all mostly focus on race, but I want to put another list together of books I want to read that focus on sexuality and mental illness.
Covers = Goodreads
Adult Fiction / Non Fiction
Graphic Novels & Comics
|Non-Fiction Graphic Novel – memoir about Mariane Satrapi’s life during the Islamic Revolution.||Comic – Pakistani American Muslim MC. I’ve read this and it’s AMAZING. Highly rec if you’re new to comics!!|