Now, not to repeat everything that's in these great blogs, but I agree 100% with this. Our kids desperately need heroes of Color. The stereotypical great White hero isn't going to help my son or daughter picture themselves as superheroes or spaceship captains or magical beings with mystical powers. The point is, if all you present to our kids is gritty urban, too-close-to-real-life images of poverty, illegitimacy, substance abuse and anti-heroes, and you don't give them any positive images of a future or alternate reality where they can be a spaceship captain, or a sword carrying African hero, or a magic wielding teen at a boarding school, you give them nothing to look forward to -- because gritty realism rarely has a happy ending. Our kids DESERVE happy endings in their fiction.
I'm really excited about Black Speculative Fiction Month!