Student Suggestion: “It Matters If You’re Black Or White”

Here’s a fascinating article by a YA librarian about the way protagonists who are people of color are depicted on the covers of young adult books — they are often “whitewashed,” shown in profile, or their race is hidden:

It Matters If You’re Black or White: The Racism of YA Book Covers

Why does the publishing industry do this?

Shoot me an email if you find a race or class-related link or video you’d like to share with the class!

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