I’m sorry. Every now and then I am completely taken aback by current events. Whether it is a completely obscure Congressman yelling, “You lie!” at our President or Publishers Weekly spending a considerable amount of time and effort to come up with a cover for their magazine which is clearly offensive. I think — I may be mistaken, but I think that Publishers Weekly was trying to be funny. This issue is about black literature.
This is what happens when you don’t have any black friends. Your black friends would not let you do this. You know that this cover had to go through the chain of command. Several people signed off on this and they thought it was funny. No. It is not funny.
Maybe it is just me. Do you think it’s offensive?
Here we are in this brave new world of so-called post-racial sensibilities and yet each day reality pokes us in the eye, mocking us with “You have not yet arrived.” Any effort to comment on the beauty of our differences or attempt to address the ever-present wound of our inequalities while trumpeting inclusiveness is a balancing act that lands us on our collective rump. So, it’s unsurprising that today, part of the Twitterverse erupted in outrage over Publishers Weekly’s latest cover, “Afro Picks! New books and trends in African-American publishing.”