Saturday, March 06, 2010

American Indians in Children's Literature featured at COLOR ONLINE

On Thursday, March 4th,  COLOR ONLINE featured American Indians in Children's Literature. This is from their "About Us" page:

We are a community organization dedicated to empowering young women. We operate a library and offer support to young girls at local non-profit in Detroit. Our blog focuses on women writers of color. Founded in September 2005, my vision was to engage reluctant and non-readers. We were a lit studies group. To call us a book club is not only limiting but it fails to describe what I envisioned for us: a collective that explored the arts and made a connection between all art forms and our lives, a community where we encouraged one another and discovered our voices, a space where girls felt empowered by experiencing a cultural, political and a spiritual awakening.

Click on over to COLOR ONLINE and spend some time going through the site. They've got a lot of reviews there, and, thought provoking writing, too.


Color Online said...

Thank you, Debbie.

I knew what I wanted for my girls at the agency. What I didn't know was that I would meet so many amazing women.

We are learning and growing. I am glad you've chosen to spend time with us.

I hope we send many readers your way because what you contribute to the diaglogue on race and literature is invaluable.

Thank you,

Debbie Reese said...

We're on the same page in what we want for young women, and men, too.

Bitch Ph.D.found me through your page. I've gotten a lot of traffic from her post "Where Have You Been All My Life?" located here:

Anonymous said...

Ms. Reese:

I really enjoy your blog and have been an avid reader for a little over a year now. I have linked to it quite a few times because I think you clearly and succinctly explain issues that many people have trouble with. My concern and/or confusion is with regards to this particular post and your tagline on the right-hand side of your blog page that reads "American Indians are not...'people of color.'"

I am not contesting your right to self-identify; if you feel that the term "people of color" is not applicable to your experience, then of course you should reject it. My confusion is that when it comes to this entry and the profile on COLOR ONLINE: COLA, you are identified as a woman of color and take no issue with it; in fact, you even appear to affirm it.

I have a great deal of respect for you due to this blog and what I have read of your more academic work, but this inconsistency has begun a little whisper in the back of my mind that is doubtful... I cannot hope to guess as to your motivations for either the tag-line or the WOC profile so I was hoping that you would be willing to explain them to me and perhaps what you meant by this simultaneous distancing from and embracing of the term "people of color."

Debbie Reese said...


I'm doing a Simpson's "doh!" as I think about your question.

I had another query about it recently, and I must admit to my own naivete.

In reflecting on it, I can see how it would sound racist!

I am going to work on a blog post that more fully explains what I mean.