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Racism in the book
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2018
I love a love story. I’m not done reading the book as yet. But so far...it’s cute. Now here’s why I’m writing an early review..... the author is a middle-class White women and this story has a racist undertone not gonna lie. My issue is that I’m not sure if Rockwell herself has any experience with folks of Color or not(considering she is very much from middle American aka....Nebraska) but her descriptions of Black or of other races besides White is very disappointing. The “Black Girls” in the book names are just that “Black Girls”. Character descriptions are very stereotypical and vague. They have no name or backstory aka no place in this White woman’s love story basically. Park one of the main characters “looks Asian” again very distasteful and stereotypical. My close friend is of East Asian decent.She “doesn’t look Asian”. But she is.Park is half Korean. So ha! He doesn’t look Chinese? Which is also a stereotype..... a very played out one. Main character is a fat red head White girl whom by the way Rainbow wrote her character, we are made to feel really really bad for her. Which feeds Into the “White Woman or girl” narrative of always being a victim. Park who is of color does not have it as bad as Eleanor a White girl. Who is written as remarkably poor. Even though she has privilege to be judged by her character not just a “Black Girl” 😑or perhaps “looking Asian” aka she has the luxury of being acknowledged and or existing. So all this to say if you don’t know any people of color hunny write just a White story. Don’t include us by the way you perceive us. It’s offensive as well distasteful. This really made me cringe while reading. And at one point one of the White characters says “Jungle Fever” is a Black thing”. Listen don’t reference a Spike lee film in such a distasteful manner. Smfh Especially when the author most likely has not viewed Do The Right Thing. A film about intolerance. And ultimately the reality was no one really did the right thing. Oh and let me not get started on how she wrote the Asian character’s mother very very very stereotypical. Not a good look. Don’t include us in your story on your racist terms. Stick to what you know.