New interview with Meg Median & R.J. Palacio
They’ve made a tactical mistake, this time.
They’re coming for all of us, all at once.
No “first they came for the communists…then they came for the Jews.” No.
All of us at once. I feel some strength from this. There are more of us.
Who Gets to Write What by Kaitlyn Greenidge
“This debate, or rather, this level of the debate, is had over and over again, primarily because of an unwillingness on one side to consider history or even entertain a long line of arguments in response.”
A writer speaks out. From
In practice it is certainly true that any word that gathers strength enough to become buzzy gets coopted by dominant forces that prefer not to truly engage with any concept that challenges their dominance. This is why terminology keeps shifting, new words replace the old ones deemed less worthy by the taint of dominant-ideology faux acceptance.
Diversity is infinite. Diversity is reality. Diversity is material and temporal; change is diversity occurring in time. Diversity envelops all things, even those things that think they can own it.
Maybe it depends on who you think we is. When we say we need diverse books, the we is not singular in any way. If you think that we is white people, then diversity is not a useful term. But ultimately the we of “We need diverse books” is Diversity itself. Diversity needs diverse books; further, it demands them.
Looking forward to digging into this when I get home from the day job…
Writing the Other Roundtable: How To Stay In Your Lane Should White People Write About People of Color
This reads…well, kind of dry and academically. But it’s more interesting that the prose it’s written in. Apparently there is an idea out there that the reason child poverty negatively impacts the child’s future is that poor people don’t learn enough words. Not stress or lack of nutrition or lack of access to resources: it’s because they lack words.
The page linked to above points out the unscientific nature of the origin of this idea.