I originally posted this in the comment section of today’s earlier BEA Pout-A-Thon panel. I’ve decided to make it, its own post.
I know this may be opening a can of worms, but I’m opening them because, this is after all a panel on diversity.
As Mitali mentioned, when The BBS launched it generated healthy discussion about how to define brown and the issue of exclusion.
Within that discussion, we made it clear that here at The BBS it isn’t about exclusion. But all five members are African American so it was obvious why we were primarily focused on African American authors.
However, we have and continue to be open to embracing uplifting a myriad of brown authors within other initiatives outside of 28 Days Later.
Some feel that dilutes the cause. But I’m of the mind that a rising tide floats all boats. As diversity is discussed, within publishing, is it better for the browns to “unite” or should each brown clan carry their own flag to get recognition in publishing?
What say you? Comment away!!