Hey all. I am diverting from what I was going to originally do for today. Don’t worry, I’ll be posting it next week.
Wondrous Covers Wednesday is a weekly feature where I usually choose to showcase at least three covers with similar attributes and themes. This series will be branching out a little. To see past editions, you can check out my page for them here.
So, yesterday a certain article went out regarding classic books being given a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) cover makeover. This is problematic for so many reasons.
1. The stories are still white centered, nothing of value has changed.
2. We get the question, “What if your favorite literary characters reflected the Diversity of America?” from this tweet which is such a non-sensical question, because, yes, what IF. Also, what if they supported BIPOC covers to begin with? What if there wasn’t gate keeping? What if white authors didn’t get the first dibs on black models for their covers while Black authors get rejected? What if?
3. It’s a pure money-making scheme to get BIPOC to buy Classics which offer no representation or racist stereotypes.
With all that said,