You may have seen the phrase “decolonize your bookshelf” floating around. In essence, it is about actively resisting and casting aside the colonialist ideas of narrative, storytelling, and literature that have pervaded the American psyche for so long.
If you are white, take a moment to examine your bookshelf. What do you see? What books and authors have you allowed to influence your worldview, and how you process the issues of racism and prejudice toward the disenfranchised? Have you considered that, if you identify as white and read only the work of white authors, you are in some ways listening to an extension of your own voice on repeat? While the details and depth of experience may differ, white voices have dominated what has been considered canon for eons.
June 6, 2020
Your Bookshelf May Be Part Of The Problem
[I think nearly all of “the problem” is that too many people see issues in terms of skin color, ethnic origin, or some other “tribal identity”. Issues should be addressed at an individual level.
For example, if the police are illegally using lethal force then prosecute them on the basis of each individual illegal act. If (and I’m not conceding the truth or falsity of this) the evidence says the police do have a bias toward using the illegal use of lethal force against a particular skin color, it just doesn’t matter. Treat each case on it’s merits. The law is color/”tribal identity” blind and the application of it should, nay, must be blind as well.—Joe]