...the question must be asked: what's the point of ethnic based awards anymore, anyway? Are we ready to move away from that?
Mitali wants to know.
Esme just would like to be considered for the Coretta Scott King Award, please and thank you.
What's the purpose of these awards? Have you ever read the criterion for the Coretta Scott King award? Is that criterion filled only in books written by African Americans?
Boy, I can well imagine that this is going to tick some people RIGHT off -- the idea that a Caucasian lady has the gall to question whether or not the King Award group should rethink the parameters of the award, and maybe open it up to non-African American authors -- but it's an interesting question, one which deserves thought instead of knee-jerk rageaholic reaction.
I don't have an answer for it, to be honest.
But the thoughts, they are provoked!