We all know I'm trying to get through as many books I already own as possible in 2021, but there are a selection of books that I want to read more of this year. This post is all about the kinds of books I want to make some space for on my TBR's this year. Obviously, we know I love diversity and diverse books/authors of all kinds, so that is a given! BUT I want to specify certain aspects of diversity that I'm really looking to expand when reading. Reading a lot of old books has lead to my reading repertoire being a lot of white, cis, straight, non-disabled writers and stories, and whilst they can be entertaining I feel like I'm seriously lacking in relatable content and interesting takes and spins on old tropes. We already know the writers and books I DON'T want to read, let's see what I do.
It's a lot harder going secondhand shopping with a lot of restrictions that keep varying depending on where you go or are located. It's not as easy as rummaging through piles of clothes or racks, we can't try things on (very often) anymore to make sure items fit before we buy, and with the limited shoppers many places are bumping up their prices even though they've all been getting mass donations throughout Lockdown 1. We are entering a second official Lockdown and it's looking like nowhere will be allowed open. How are we shopping now?
This is officially my 100th post on here (though I have privated a few older posts recently, but it counts) and I don't know what to do with it. I thought maybe a general life and health update, I haven't done one of those in a while and things are pretty different. A lot has been happening.
As white people, we are so used to being referred to as ‘people’, we are not used to being referred to by our skin colour and being spoken to as a ‘white person’ can throw someone off. We take for granted that we are often the baseline for a lot of products. There are a lot of beautiful masks being made in the midsts of the Corona outbreak, I see lots of my white friends sporting them on their outings to the shops or for a walks, but I have also read many stories of Black people expressing the sheer terror of wearing a mask that isn’t very clearly a medical mask because police associate a Black person covering their face with committing a crime or being in gangs. There have been a few face filters going around that have been exposed, the smile rating one that marks your smile from 0-100, black people can reach the 100 relatively easily, but can’t reach a frowny 0 unless they hide their lips. Even going to the toilet in a public bathroom, the mechanism of how an automatic tap, soap dispenser or hand dryer works is often based on how much red light is reflected back and Black skin doesn’t reflect enough light for the machines to turn on. Our world is not built with Black or Brown people in mind.