Too many books about black people

“Why are there so many books about black people?”

This was an actual question asked a few months ago by a student in reference to our book display on “Inspirational People”. And just in case the question is not troubling enough on its own, the answer is that the books still on display were the ones no one had checked out.

That’s right … the selection of books available for this student was “too black” for his tastes because his classmates had gotten there first and checked out most of the white books. Just let that sink in.

Something about recent reactions by some people to scholarships or hiring/recruiting practices that target members of underrepresented groups made me decide it was time to share this little story.

Funny* how some people only notice the composition of things (collections, occupations, conferences, scholarships ) when there are “too many” people of color, and/or women, and/or gays.

* By “funny” I mean not the least damn bit funny.

2 Responses to “Too many books about black people”


  1. 1 Anonymous November 26, 2013 at 10:57 am

    And another take on the concept: why do so many books (I’m thinking young adult fiction here) that feature non-white protagonists have illustrations of white or whitewashed people on the cover? http://bit.ly/SRiFeK


Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




Enter your email address to follow Feral Librarian by email.

Join 2,356 other followers

Follow me on Twitter


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,356 other followers

%d bloggers like this: