Black people, Harry Potter won't save you. But let's start at the beginning: anyone demanding and other popular writers be more inclusive, more diverse in their works need to step away from the keyboard and chill. I know the layer of obfuscation and anonymity that the internet allows emboldens keyboard warriors who in turn become intoxicated with virtual muscle when challenging the establishment. Especially when that muscle moves the needle and goes viral like , but that's what’s so addictive and dangerous about social media. Being able to say anything to anyone at any time feeds a cottage industry of trolls who live for it and will tear down everything just because they can. Like the Joker in Batman, some men just want to see the world burn.
Also, the hashtag is why the internet was invented. But for the most part, I’m good with the books. What I'm not good with is people constantly chirping and making demands of big time authors for more diversity while they look past less established writers who publish diverse books. And there is something else, a weird conflicting dichotomy in the black community where people will enthusiastically support black writers on social media but won't purchase their work because they consider it substandard. And if the Potter books are the bar which black folks require black authors to clear, why don't they have the same requirement for white authors? Am I bitter? I hope not. But I do get frustrated at times when I see convos about there not being enough books with diverse protagonist or black girl heroes. I feel like from r watching those convos.
I'm sure that this is how a lot of less established writers feel. And for writers who do write diverse books, the equation is simple: if you want diverse books then vote with your dollars. They carry more weight than your tweets. But me and my writer friends are in this for the long haul. So when y'all get tired of waiting for that Harry Potter train to come save you and whisk you away to a diverse Hogwarts where the sorting hat is your grandma's church hat and they serve shrimp and grits for breakfast, we'll be here. Divers