Read in Color's Goals
Many of these goals are aspirational and reflect not what I am doing now, but what I am working to do. Like all my lists, subject to change. Mainly in the form of additions.
- 1.Read in Color aims to promote books about people of color.Being a white person, I'm aware of the tendency to automatically assume "this isn't for me" or "this is going to be serious and depressing" when seeing books about POC. But it isn't true. The genres you love already have POC protagonists.
- 2.Read in Color focuses on books written BY people of color.For awhile, I felt so proud of myself. I had so many favorite books with POC main characters! And then I realized they were all written by white people, and that I was drawing a subconscious comfort from the authors' whiteness. It's important for white people to write POC, but it's even more important to support POC telling their own stories. Their stories are more more universal than systemic racism would have you believe.
- 3.Read in Color resists heteronormativity.Heteronormativity is the systemic assumption that straight is the "normal" sexual orientation and all others are deviant. It's something we all deal with. Even as someone who identifies as queer, I can be blind to the erasure of my own community. I will work on dismantling my internalized heteronormativity by promoting books about and by POC across the entire spectrum of sexual orientations.
- 4.Read in Color rejects the gender binary.Gender identity isn't limited to male or female, not even for trans people. Gender is as varied as sexuality. I will read and promote books about and by POC across the spectrum of gender identities.
- 5.Read in Color resists all forms of ableism.The great irony of literature is that "invisible illnesses" get more representation than the physical ones, though that representation is often deeply flawed. I will avoid promoting books that support ableist narratives (ex: "inspiration porn" about people with cancer or the physically disabled) and actively seek out authors and characters with a variety of physical and mental experiences.
- 6.Read in Color will always try to fail better.I'm a middle class American cis-gendered straight-passing white woman; I'm going to fuck up, whether it's promoting a problematic narrative or failing to promote an under-represented identity. I will endeavor to be honest & open to criticism.