The Ongoing Problem of Race in Young Adult Literature

In 1965, 11 years after the Supreme Court outlawed segregated schools, Nancy Larrick wrote an article titled “The All-White World of Children’s Books” for the Saturday Review. Much has changed since then.

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Human skin – Pigments

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There are at least five different pigments that determine the color of the skin. These pigments are present at different levels and places.

Melanin: It is brown in color and present in the germinative zone of the epidermis.Melanoid: It resembles melanin but is present diffusely throughout the epidermis.Keratin: This pigment is yellow to orange in color. It is present in the stratum corneum and fat cells of dermis and superficial fascia.Hemoglobin (also spelled haemoglobin): It is found in blood and is not a pigment of the skin but develops a purple color.Oxyhemoglobin: It is also found in blood and is not a pigment of the skin. It develops a red color.

Glenn Robinson‘s insight:

Because of Keratin some people of European heritage are yellow to orange, and because of oxyhemoglobin seen through thin skin some of European heritage are pink.

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True Colors

“I sneaked into my parent’s bedroom, opened the secret dresser drawer and searched for adoption papers, like the ones that came with my Cabbage Patch Doll.”
“…I was destined to have a daughter who looked like my mother in law. I was pissed.”
“Are you the nanny? How long have you been working for the family?”