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Justine L on protagonists of color and book covers

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Justine Larbalestier recently posted two excellent blog entries on topics related to protagonists of color:

First: "Why My Protags Aren't White."

And second: "Ain't That a Shame," talking about the fact that the US cover of her latest book shows a white girl's face, even though the protagonist is black.

The issue of book covers whitewashing characters of color has been around for a long time. And it's been getting a little better in recent years—I've seen several excellent covers in the past few years that show protagonists of color.

But we've still got a long way to go.

Thank you, Justine, for both of those posts.

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