I'm a devoted fan of Shelf Awareness as regular readers of this blog know. Their daily email is a must-read start to the morning and I follow Marilyn Dahl's book recommendations devotedly. They've run promotional pieces on my clients and I've met many of their contributors in person.
I've never seen anything there, before today, that made me pause and think "huh?"
But today I did, and here's what I saw:
This new TV show stars Ving Rhames. Mr. Rhames is African-American. It also stars Alfred Molina. Mr. Molina is Spanish/Italian and often mistaken for Hispanic.
Both actors are well known, recognizable faces.
So why is the photo with this news item that of two white-white-white actors?
I don't ascribe this to racism because I know and respect he people at Shelf Awareness. If I were to guess I'd say the press release had this photo with it and they ran it. I don't know how that happened to be the one chosen for the press release, and I don't want to start throwing around "it must have beens" or "I'm sure it was" cause I'm not and no one is.
But, I noticed. It felt jarring to me that a press release with two recognizable names did not use their photo.
And I have a feeling that when people of color talk about being invisible, this is the the kind of thing they point to.
But I don't want to start a blame game here. We all have enough of that to go around. What I simply want to do is say "I noticed" and by posting this, ask you to notice too.
And if we all start noticing, maybe the world will change. One still photo at a time.