Editors have told me that their sales departments say black covers don’t sell. Sales reps have told me that many of their accounts won’t take books with black covers. Booksellers have told me that they can’t give away YAs with black covers. Authors have told me that their books with black covers are frequently not shelved in the same part of the library as other YA—they’re exiled to the Urban Fiction section—and many bookshops simply don’t stock them at all.
How welcome is a black teen going to feel in the YA section when all the covers are white? Why would she pick up Liar when it has a cover that so explicitly excludes her?”
– Ain’t That a Shame, justinelarbalestier.com [emphasis added]
The author of the award-winning play Clybourne Park has refused permission to a Berlin theatre company to perform the play after learning that a lead character would appear blacked up.
Managers at the Deutsches Theatre said a female African-American character in the play was being performed by a white actress and producers would “experiment with make-up”.
In a letter to the Dramatists Guild, US playwright Bruce Norris said he was taking a “zero tolerance position” on what he termed an “asinine tradition”.
“Normally I don’t meddle in the cultural politics of other countries,” wrote Norris “but when my work and the work of my colleagues — other playwrights — is misrepresented, I do. A zero-tolerance position is the only position to take.”"
I truly truly truly want more PoCs to get acting roles in this franchise. But now that Katniss is White, Haymitch is White, and Gale is White, any other role given to a PoC would be tokenism for Lionsgate executives to cover their asses with.
The racist casting of “The Hunger Games” has put the casting of “Catching Fire” in a catch-22. This franchise does not need more White people, thank you. The previous film did a bang-up job of that. But now that Our Heroes are White, any role given to a PoC will be destroyed by the film’s new racial power structure (one hugely different from that of the books).
Racial inclusivity does not mean adding a token Black guy. Positive media representation of your race is more than just about dropping PoC actors in your movie left and right. I wish I could wave a magic wand and fix all of this, but the terrible casting choices of the first film made everything a whoooooole lot more complicated. And frankly, I don’t even know what the solution is."
This was what really got me. From what fans of the book, I’d learned that Katniss had dark skin, and yet she was cast as white, and I barely heard a peep out of anyone, which was surprising considering the huge amount of rage I heard over the whitewashing of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
If Hollywood isn’t killing off POCs in movies, it’s making sure they don’t get leading roles.
do we have to be in perfect relationships with perfect hair and lots of money and perfect children and the will to be married and a desire to be monogamous just to receive our rights as human beings?
who are these poster people?
are we stuck on fairytales again?
When I look back at the first night of the Stonewall Inn riots, I could have never imagined its future importance. The first night played out no differently from previous riots involving black Americans and white policemen. And so, too, did its being underreported. But I was there.
On the first night of the Stonewall riots, African Americans and Latinos likely were the largest percentage of the protestors, because we heavily frequented the bar. For homeless black and Latino LGBTQ youth and young adults who slept in nearby Christopher Park, the Stonewall Inn was their stable domicile. The Stonewall Inn being raided was nothing new. In the 1960s gay bars in the Village were routinely raided, but in this case, race may have been an additional factor, given the fact that so many of the patrons were black and Latino, and this was the ’60s.
However, today, African-American and Latino trans communities are relegated to the margins of Greenwich Village, if not expelled from it. These communities nonetheless force their way into being a visible and powerful presence in our lives, leaving indelible imprints while confronted with not only transphobia but also “trans-amnesia.” The inspiration and source of an LGBTQ movement post-Stonewall is an appropriation of a black, brown, trans, and queer liberation narrative and struggle. The Stonewall Riot of June 27 to 29, 1969 in Greenwich Village started on the backs of working-class African-American and Latino queers who patronized that bar. Those brown and black LGBTQ people are not only absent from the photos of that night but have been bleached from its written history. Many LGBTQ blacks and Latinos argue that one of the reasons for the gulf between whites and themselves is the fact that the dominant queer community rewrote and continues to control the narrative of Stonewall."
Dear Irene Monroe, Thank you for the phrase “bleached from history”. sincerely ~#allcity. #want