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.
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This combines two of my greatest loves: books and Chipotle. Lovely post!
Thank you for your words and for stopping by, Lisa.
Where can I get more information on this blog and where can we submit our own thoughts on this subject and/or our poetry, stories or comments on this underrepresentation. I’m an actor and we are also severely underrepresented, typecast and miscast. We need a voice too.
To submit your thoughts on this subject I’d suggest you click on Gustavo Arellano’s link to his column in the Orange County Press. Also, click on the link for Lisa Gonzales’ Facebook page.
As for actors, I don’t know any sites other than the National Assoc of Latino Independent Producers http://www.nalip.org/
For poetry, stories, you can guest post on my blog or check out La Bloga http://labloga.blogspot.com/ or submit to Somos en Escrito http://www.somosenescrito.com/
Thank you for stopping by and for your comment.
Incredibly disappointed in Chipotle. Thanks for sharing all this here, Mona. Off to read more.
One day, I hope soon, people will automatically be more encompassing in their perspective.
Oh, Chipotle. I definitely agree with the piercing quote from Lisa Alvarez.