Addressing J.K.Rowling’s Transphobia
It’s no surprise through my HP Weekly’s that Harry Potter is my all-time fav. But what happens when something that is so inherently ingrained in your life becomes tainted through the thoughtlessness and actions of it’s creator?
The controversy began just over a week ago as J.K tweeted a comment regarding a published opinion piece that called for a “more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.” The Harry Potter author believed it appropriate to respond with something that I assume she believed to be comical, saying, (more…)
I’m not always that adventurous when it comes to my book choices. I’m a fiction junkie, maybe with one or two non-fiction per year. But for 2020 I really wanted to shake it up. So in a recent order on my favourite website I filled my cart with a good mix!
I have a degree in art history. And seven years out of university I was excited to find some great art non-fictions. As I was browsing I added “Becoming Andy Warhol” to my cart without much thought and moved on. This past weekend I grabbed it off the shelf and took my coffee outside to settle in and learn something new. But when I opened the book, I discovered it was a graphic novel!
It’s not enough to be a good person, think good thoughts, or post a black square on Instagram on #blackouttuesday. You, me, we, have all benefited from a system built for us, and against the black community. It’s not okay to sit silent. It’s not okay to remain uneducated. It’s time to join a conversation, question yourself, take action.
Growing up white is a privilege. But growing up uneducated is unacceptable. It may not be easy to understand a community that you aren’t a part of, but that is no longer an excuse. It could be as simple as changing what you’re planning to read next and immersing yourself in a new story, a new world, a new community.
Take a look at these 4 YA novels from black authors that you need to read now, all read and approved with five stars: