This post is part of Six for Sunday run by Steph from A Little But a Lot.
Listening to a variety of voices and experiences is incredibly important. If you only read books featuring your own gender, age, race, or creed, there are innumerable things you can miss out on.
So, I think it’s incredibly important to read stories with black characters. These are just some I’ve read which focus on black characters. Have you read any of these? Or, do you have any to recommend?
This year is the 10th anniversary of my Leaving Cert exams. Kids starting their Leaving Cert were barely in primary school when I sat my own exams. And that, readers, is how you feel old.
In honour of this great moment, I took a look at the texts and tomes I studied for my own Mental Torture™. The greatest feat will be if I can actually remember them. In this, I’ve included my studied prose – this would enter into thesis levels if I rattled off all the poetry and poets I focused on.
We all like to think we’re fantastic allies. We sit back and champion books featuring Black charaacters, written by Black authors, or with characters of varied sexualities, religions, nationalities, or who appear on the autism spectrum. But how much of what we’re reading “diversely” is actually just performative? I know I’m not without blame here.