The Heart of the Matter

I am not good at talking about politics or current events. Just because I have been silent on social media about what is going on, does not mean that I am not aware that I do not care about what is going on. My heart broke when I saw that video. My soul was in despair when another minority was lost to police brutality.

Social media is flooded with booklists of reads featuring authors of color and “antiracist” reads and there is no doubt that is the right thing to do. But as we look over our bookshelves and review our reading lists, let us remember the heart of the matter. This isn’t just about reading black authors or books about race relations. There is an important thing that we must not forget to read beyond our sphere, reading beyond our horizon, all leading to just one important statement: just read. Read not only black authors but Asian authors, indigenous authors, Hispanic authors, LGBT authors of all races, Muslim authors and yes, dare I say, white authors. TO understand more about the world around us, we need to read the world around us.

You may not agree with what I have to say and that’s okay. I dealt with it criticism when I was bullied for my reading choices when I was young. I dealt with it when I was on a book committee last year. If I read what I was supposed to, I wouldn’t be a voracious reader you see before you today. Yes, diversify your reading, but there is no fun in reading if you feel obligated in your reading choices. That takes away the learning and the pleasure from it all. Read black authors but let us not forget about the other minorities as well. Reading a variety of books gives us a glimpse of the past, the present and weirdly enough, the future. We can’t have an understanding of our present if we don’t learn more about our past, so we change for a better future. 

The above image is a reflection of how we need all stories, from all perspectives

Published by karma2015

I was born and raised in New York. I still live in New York but kind of sick of the city and one day I wish to move to the UK.I have a Masters degree in Library Science and I currently work in a special collections library. I loved books ever since I was a little girl. Through the hard times in my life, my love for books has always gotten me through. Just entering another world different from my own intrigues me. As long as I am entering in another universe, I like to create my own as well. I love to write and hopefully I will be able to complete a novel.

2 thoughts on “The Heart of the Matter

  1. I’m not great at talking about it either, but I know going to The Coop with you earlier in the year before the plague was one of my favorite days of 2020. Just Read!

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