If you’re telling a non-black person about something racist that happened to you, make sure you are not bitter. Don’t complain. Be forgiving. If possible, make it funny. Most of all, do not be angry. Black people are not supposed to be angry about racism. Otherwise you get no sympathy. This applies only for white liberals, by the way. Don’t even bother telling a white conservative about anything racist that happened to you. Because the conservative will tell you that YOU are the real racist and your mouth will hang open in confusion.
As people who work with youth, we must continually examine our culture and engage with teens to break down these harmful stereotypes. One way to do this is through collection development. Whatever our personal bias, we must actively develop diverse collections, and seek and purchase titles with varying discussions about teenage sexuality
“I don’t, honey. I’m sorry, I just can’t let that go past. Deep, deep, deep down I know that dream was never mine. And I wept and I cried and I fought and I stormed, but I just knew it.”
This week’s staff pick, including Audre Lorde’s view of the American dream, The Nightwatches of Bonaventura, and the king of the monkeys.
So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]? And I say when there are nine, people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.
Here’s a round-up of a bunch of things I’ve written at Book Riot over the last month or so:
- Reading Pathways: Blake Nelson — if you’ve wanted to read any of Nelson’s work but don’t know where to begin, I’ve created a pathway into his books. These are good starting places with an idea for what he’s writing about and why you might want to pick it up.
- 66 YA books publishing between July and September to get on your radar — I put together a YA preview at the beginning of the year and wanted to tackle the second half of the year. It got so long, though, I have to split it into two.
- The Library is Not a “Netflix” for Books — I think the title says it all. It’s a false comparison that bothers me because it reduces all that a library is and does.
- In His Own Words: Walter Dean Myers — I pulled together some of Myers’s talks, articles, and passionate pleas for books, diversity, and reading with kids in a tribute. Included is Myers’s talk at SLJ’s Day of Dialog from 2012, when he was a keynote speaker.
- My Grandpa, The Non-Reader — I don’t like to blog a lot of personal stuff, but I was doing some shelf rearranging in my house a few weeks ago and stumbled across my unopened copy of Marley and Me and decided it was time to talk about why that book is important to me.
- LEGO Stories: Your New Favorite Tumblr — Do you know about the LEGO Stories tumblr? It’s a blast. I pulled out some of my favorite LEGO stories they’ve put together.
- The Perfectly Shaped Treat: Literary Cookie Cutters — I went down an Etsy hole one afternoon and pulled out some bookish cookie cutters. I’m pretty positive I’m going to follow this one up with some bookish dishes at some point. I think I could build an entire literary kitchen.
And a reminder I’m giving away a copy of my book, It Happens, over on Stacked. This’ll be the last time I mention it but had to note it has a really great index and also a venn diagram.
I’m really proud of the venn diagram about books in my book about books.