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@kaitfeldmann @CCBCwisc 1/ A THREAD:

I tend not to respond, but maybe it is time I shed some light on this post and my assessment of lack of BIPOC in Kidlit. I am speaking as a #BlackCreator and #PictureBook writer.

This is not throwing shade at agents, or editors...
@kaitfeldmann @CCBCwisc 2/ I remember I was told that I will not get published because I do not write picture books the right way. What does that mean? It means, I do not write "The White Way," which is the character tries three times and fail.

I write stories. To get books in front of editors in...
@kaitfeldmann @CCBCwisc 3/ "THE BIG HOUSE," you have to go through agents. Many agents say, "I didn't connect with the story," or "The voice is not authentic," or "I pass because it is not what publishers want." Then you ask an editor what they want and they reply, "I know when I see it."...
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#American #whitesupremacy has forced blacks to exist in a perpetual state of vicarious living. It's why we so vehemently participate in celebrity worship, why we think "getting the bag" excuses any/all behavior. 1/6
If we’re honest about it, REALLY truthful...almost all of black life is inundated in this vicarious lifestyle. Sometimes, it’s expressed as a survival mechanism like #codeswitching. Sometimes it’s expressed as an outright rejection of #blackness: “I got indian in my family.” 2/6
Living vicariously, is the panacea that allows a bearable day to day. Occasionally, we experience brief interruptions to this vicariousness. Those of us who remain interrupted look strange to those who decide to return to it. 3/6
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