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10 Quotes That Perfectly Explain Racism To People Who Claim They’re Colorblind

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In “Correcting the Balance,” an interview with Nalo Hopkinson (The Chaos) by editor Terry Bissonan, the Jamaican-born author said:

“There are a lot of readers who pride themselves on not paying attention to the identities of their favorite writers. Some of them think this means they’re not prejudiced. I don’t know anyone who isn’t, myself included. But let’s say for argument’s sake that those particular readers in fact are not prejudiced.

“How many books by writers of color do you think you’ll find on their bookshelves? I’d lay odds that if there are any at all, they will be far outnumbered by the books by white authors. Not necessarily because those readers are deliberately choosing mostly white/male authors. They don’t have to. The status quo does it for them.

“So those readers’ self-satisfied ‘I don’t know’ is really an ‘I don’t care enough to look beyond my nose.’ And that’s cool. So many causes, so little time. But don’t pretend that indifference and an unwillingness to make positive change constitute enlightenment.”

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