Courtesy of Mark Reads, who has a video, and Chelsea has a better and more coherent take-down than I could ever write, but for those of you who were blissfully ignorant of the existence of this thing, allow me to fix that for you.
Part One of the "Save The Pearls" Series
... which is a dystopia novel where white people (Pearls) are totally being racism'd against and the black people (Coals) are really awful and mean. And it has won awards. Plural.
I haven't read this book. I'm not going to. Maybe there's something redeeming in here that makes this all a really awesome thing that I'm missing out on. Maybe using blackface as a plot device and -- rumordedly, as I can't find a link and have given up in despondence -- asking your fans to use blackface as a marketing device is totally Not Racist in ways that I can't come up with, try as I might. Maybe white privilege isn't behind the acceptance of this novel and the modest acclaim it's generating. Maybe.
But I seriously doubt it.
I mention this for three reasons.
One, if you had any doubt that racism still exists in this country, here is exhibit A for your perusal. Two, you may all now share with me in a quiet moment of reflection at how much further we have to go and why intersectionality is so important. Three, for those of you out there who are struggling authors in the audience, please note that no matter how badly you write, you have (I presume) not woken up and thought "An entire novel based around blackface! I could do that!" So take heart.
And now, to cheer you up, here is this: Should I Use Blackface? Which is both informative and pleasant to read. Hat-tip to whoever mentioned this in the comments however many months ago. I think it was Will Wildman. (*checks Disqus* It totally was. Yay.)