"Look how easy it is to say ‘There are more books by and about white people in the US and Canada because there are more white people in the US and Canada.’ It rolls off the tongue as if it were common sense. And the statistics support such a statement.
"This reality is a bit harder to swallow: There are more white people in the US and Canada because the US and Canada were established using the systematic genocide of Native peoples, the theft of Native lands, and the labour of enslaved peoples in the past and immigrant peoples currently who were and are never meant to stay or survive.
"And now you’re uncomfortable. Good.
"When you accept and acknowledge that census figures reflect a long history of marginalization, it is preposterous to use these same figures as the benchmark to which you measure the inclusion of marginalized people.
"But Léonicka, you’re whining, why are you bringing up all this heavy shit! I thought we were talking about books?!
"The lack of diversity in literature and publishing in 2014 is a symptom and result of centuries of oppression. I will never discuss the former without referencing the latter."