In a nation where we used to see in color, we've made great strides. We've matured. We've embraced equality.
So imagine my surprise when a friend forwards me a writing contest with this requirement: "Must be an author of color."
First of all, what's an author of color? White's a color, right? Or do they mean only black people? Yellow? Red?
Second of all, how can that term even be politically correct? I've never called myself by a color. I've only seen two colors on demographic sheets, white or black. Usually they are much more PC, calling it "Caucasian" and "African-American." They go on to list Asian and a myriad of races, but not colors. I've never filled out "brown."
Third of all, how is that not discrimination? I know it's a contest and not a job, but it just smacks me of all sorts of wrong. Why not ask for books that are ethnically diverse instead of focusing on the author? I just squirm all over at the referencing of color and people in the same sentence.
What think you? Am I overreacting?
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