#DIVERSEATHON coming your way!
A couple of days ago, a video in which a person had expressed their disdain for the word diversity and what it entitled, with respect to books and what not, was released on YouTube. The video was of course seen by many Booktubers and thus a conversation sparked once again on Twitter regarding diversity representation in books. There were all types of tweets going around, from attacks to support, but amongst the chaos that can sometimes ensue on Twitter, a couple of Booktubers decided to create something positive to enable education and awareness towards the importance of diversity. Thus #DIVERSEATHON was born. It’s a readathon that will be taking place next week in which everyone who wants to participate is encouraged to read and explore the topic of diversity in their own way. For example, it could be diversity in terms of cultures, languages, ethnicities, sexualities, points of views, etc. Also, there is no limit to the number of books to read during that week. Which to me means that everyone should be focused on the content. If you want to participate, here’s what you need to know:
Monday – September 12 through Monday – September 19
Monica K Watson
For those of you who would like to recommend books or need recommendations for #DIVERSEATHON:
Group Book (An optional choice given to read): Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
If you’d like to recommend books, please go to: http://bit.ly/2bW9bSk
If you need book recommendations, please go to: http://bit.ly/2bWSzaa
Hashtag to be used for Twitter and Instagram:
I hope everyone who participates in this readathon is able to gain much insight into what the word diversity really means. Personally, I think I’d be great if people were to become aware of the fact that, even if we have many differences, we are part of the same race, the human race. And that through the understanding of diversity, we can enable in others a sense of respect and empathy towards humanity. Anyway, I’m going to be checking out my library’s data base to see which book I can choose to participate in this readathon with. Take care everyone.