I approached #blackouttuesday like many people have – as a chance to educate myself. But I didn’t know where to start. I signed petitions, I shared useful links where people can donate money, I read articles, but I was lost as to what action I could continue to take; to take it past one day of social media blackouts.
I love to read, and as I sat staring at my bookshelves today, I realised I wasn’t seeing much diversity. So, I googled every author on there to see just how many were written by someone who isn’t white.
Out of 67 books, only 2 of them are by a black author – both by Nicola Yoon. (Who is an amazing writer, and I would highly recommend you check out her work if you haven’t already.) But it’s not good enough. I need to do better. I can’t let it all pass me by anymore just because I don’t understand enough about it.
QOTD: Can I please, please have suggestions of books from diverse authors. I want to re-educate myself; I want to learn to be better.
Let’s strive to be the change the world needs right now.
Here is a Google Doc I have pulled together of all the books, poetry and creative resources I have been recommended so far. I hope it helps: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11-NlLwi-WmXVGZEK8BAnJDDkF2nuvTBcQHNk_dHx7DY/edit?usp=sharing