You are NOT wrong about Claudette Colvin. I want to make that absolutely known. I just am troubled by the "versus" part as opposed to speaking of both of them. More importantly though, I'm just flustered that black kids don't have more options to read about from a fictional/imaginary/young adult fiction perspective. While I was writing this post, I struggled to think of anybody besides Jessica and Claudia in young adult fiction. I had Franklin from the "Peanuts" make a scene every blue moon. Other than that, I'm struggling to think of anyone else. It should not JUST be historical books where representation comes in. It's one of the reasons I'll spend hours on end looking for photographs of black people doing random stuff like laughing, eating, hugging, kissing, playing with their kids, etc. Flip through a textbook. It's still too rare.

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