New post about the African-American fiction section in bookstores|
sure. And I'm very glad a variety exists in every genre now, and is increasing. But I don't have a problem identifying with African-American characters because I'm a white person, and exposure to more of that literature helps me identify more. Isolating that literature in a ghetto of the stores and libraries lowers the odds that I will see them and that I and other people like me will demonstrate to publishers that there *is* an audience and market for books with African-American characters amid a non-african-american reading population. Until they start shelving those books with the rest of the genre, they have a self-fulfilling prophecy that books with African-Americans on the cover will not sell as well as otherwise, because they don't market them as widely. So those books are harder to sell to publishers. So there are fewer of them published than should be (and many book covers are white-washed). If there weren't pressure to white-wash covers, and there weren't this story that books with black people on the covers can only be marketed to fellow black people, more would be published and African-Americans would have an easier time finding books with characters they can most easily identify with as well. But, I believe, in a much more healthy way and context.
All I meant to say was that I'm glad that such books are now published. I am much less concerned with where the store puts them.