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  •  I've not read Sanchez (1+ / 0-)
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    At least I don't think so, though the name sounds familiar. I live in California, though, so...

    I think books like these are important for kids, though. Well, obviously, so that they can get a better idea of someone else's life and what they go through. I think, also, that these sorts of things may encourage some to think a little deeper on the issues of inequality, acceptance and so on. And standing up.

    I know that conventional wisdom says that younger folks are not as bigoted as older ones -- whether it is racial bigotry, anti-gay bigotry, religious, so on. I think, in a way, that that is true. What I've seen though replacing that, in a way, is sort of a... um... not apathetic attitude so much as a "it doesn't matter to us, so it doesn't matter" attitude. Not sure if I am explaining it well.

    Anyway, what it sometimes results in is the sort of "color blindness" or "sexual orientation blindness", so on, that either refuses to see, or refuses to believe that there are still issues to be dealt with. Either within themselves or within their peer group. This sort of thing can be even more isolating for marginalized people, especially children, I think... when they are marginalized still while they in a group of people who think they are accepting and knowledgeable and clued in to bigotry. Where is there left to turn, for some of them, if even the people who supposedly "understand" discount their lived experiences?

    Anyway, it's possible that books like this (I assume, as I've not read them, as I said) might be able to open the eyes of some, the young anyway, on the need to not only acknowledge or accept, but to stand up. To look around with open eyes, every day, all day, and to realize what some marginalized people go through even among the most accepting and well-meaning of friends and allies.

    The blindness, the silence of their friends can be just as soul-destroying--if not more so--as the active hostility of their enemies.

    Thanks for this series. I am going back to read the ones I've missed.

    “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

    by Nanette K on Wed Jun 29, 2011 at 07:18:14 AM PDT

    •  Thank you for your kind words. May I suggest (0+ / 0-)

      you pick up a copy of 13 and start with his short story and then start the series Rainbow Boys.  I think you will really enjoy them and see the value they present for young people.

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