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Victoria Foyt: It's Not Enough to Say You're "Colorblind."

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Victoria Foyt has published a novel and accompanying book trailer which she claims is "postracial" and creative for its portrayal of a reversed-racism situation where dark-skinned people oppress whites. This is not a problem in and of itself; novels are an appropriate place to explore difficult issues (cf. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman). However, Foyt's work clearly employs derogatory language, her actress uses blackface, and she appropriates the struggles of people of color which continue to this day by completely ignoring her own white privilege.

Check out the video for yourself, as well as Foyt's weak defense blog posts and other book information at http://savethepearls.com

Signers: This letter is not the place for personal attacks against the author. There is no reason for personal attacks when there are so many ethical, moral, personal, logical, sociological, cultural, etc etc reasons why this book should go away.

Here is what other intelligent people have to say about this book:

http://www.thefrisky.com/2012-07-27/today-in-racism-ya-series-save-the-pearls-employs-offensive-blackface-and-bizarre-racist-stereotypes-plot/

http://www.xojane.com/issues/save-the-pearls-revealing-eden-ya-novel-racist?utm_medium=facebook

http://theblackkidstable.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/save-the-pearls-a-white-womans-worst-nightmare/

http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2012/07/the-problem-with-awarding-victoria-foyts-save-the-pearls/

http://panasonicyouth.tumblr.com/post/28143645474/on-save-the-pearls-and-one-of-the-problems-of-talking

Also, for a primer on talking constructively about race and racism:

http://derailingfordummies.com

www.nymbp.org/reference/WhitePrivilege.pdf

http://www.whiteantiracist.org/

http://www.tolerance.org/activity/white-anti-racism-living-legacy



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