I’m feeling like the above quote after reading about Chipotle’s “literary packaging series.”
They had author, Jonathan Safran Foer, select 10 authors to feature on Chipotle’s cups and bags.
“What interested me is 800,000 Americans of extremely diverse backgrounds having access to good writing,” the novelist told Vanity Fair.
But not one of the 10 authors are Latino/a.
None of those “800,000 Americans of extremely diverse background” will be exposed to a Latino writer.
This “literary” campaign comes on the heels of #WeNeedDiverseBooks and #DiverseLit.
Chipotle’s move is why we need to continue a movement with #WeNeedDiverseBooks.
English professor Lisa Alvarez sums up my feelings:
Reaction to Chipotle’s ‘short stories’ on their cups and bags can be found on Gustavo Arellano’s article.
Author, poet and commentator Michele Serros gave this response on Facebook. Hundreds of readers are contributing their favorite Latina/o writer:
To the list, I’ll add my favorites: Sandra Cisneros, Denise Chavez, Michele Serros, and Junot Diaz.
Add any of your favorites to the list.