Anti-Racism Resources for All Ages. Courageous onversation Compass - Yow. Lee Library - Talking about Race Menu - John R. Lewis Library at John R. Lewis High School (FCPS) Bibi. Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth – A free online professional development curriculum.
Issue 65, Fall 2020. Gracies List Jan2020. Why Stop at Windows and Mirrors?: Children’s Book Prisms. It has been twenty-nine years since Rudine Sims Bishop’s seminal essay “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” was published.
It has been twenty-nine years since Rudine Sims Bishop’s seminal essay “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” was published. Speaking to the lack of children’s books with African American characters and themes, the essay called for books to act as windows and mirrors that would allow all children to see themselves and the experiences of others in what they read. At the time, I was mostly home with my toddler son, collecting children’s books and feeling inspired to write. As an immigrant from India, I found myself searching for mirror books to share with my child. I discovered that representations of South Asia and South Asians in American children’s literature were not so much negative stereotypes as flat-out missing.
Nearly three decades later, those questions of whose stories get told and by and to whom have not gone away. Breaking Stereotypes. There is no diverse book — ImagineLit. If you have ever attended any session where I have presented and the topic of diversity has come up, you know I am quick to tell attendees that I do not give out diverse book lists.
Here is my reason why: there are no diverse texts. It is in the transaction (Rosenblatt, 1986) between the reader and the text that a text’s diversity is realized. The way we have framed the word diversity creates a binary—diverse or non-diverse. Using the word diverse to describe texts also creates a default position, because one must ask diverse for whom or diverse from what? The word diverse as it is currently used centers heteronormative whiteness as the default. Meaning is revealed within context. I, much you like, have heard individuals refer to Dr. I also question if many diverse book lists consider who is telling the story. A hammer is just a hammer until it is placed in the hands of master craftsperson. What now. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. In The Color of Law (published by Liveright in May 2017), Richard Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much recent social strife—is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels.
The Color of Law was designated one of ten finalists on the National Book Awards’ long list for the best nonfiction book of 2017. Highlighted media To scholars and social critics, the racial segregation of our neighborhoods has long been viewed as a manifestation of unscrupulous real estate agents, unethical mortgage lenders, and exclusionary covenants working outside the law. This is what is commonly known as “de facto segregation,” practices that were the outcome of private activity, not law or explicit public policy. What readers of The Color of Law have written: “Racial segregation does not just happen; it is made.
Recommending Diverse Voices. Library workers know there’s no shortage of diversity among the books and materials on the market—but presenters at “Suggesting Own Voices to All Readers: EDI and RA Service,” a June 25 session at ALA Virtual, addressed the barriers that separate diverse books from potential readers.
“Windows, mirrors, and doors are still important and will always be important, but it’s time to take the next step and recognize that books written by diverse authors, featuring diverse characters, are for anyone, for everyone, all the time,” said Robin Bradford, collection development librarian at Pierce County (Wash.) Library System, noting the growing availability of diverse materials through digital platforms.
Bradford offered strategies and resources for librarians approaching collection development through an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) lens, urging librarians to read widely across genres and consult review journals. NJASL Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources.