Saturday, November 21, 2009

Race or Gender Equality - Which is more important?

I remember that while Hurston's "What White Publishers Won't Print" was published in 1950, Woolf's A Room of One's Own was published in the 1920s (pardon my laziness, but I don't want to dig out the book.) It also seems to me that the general public were more accepting of books written by women earlier than they started to accept those written by racial minorities. I guess an example is with a book that has survived with great fame that was written in the 30s: Gone With the Wind. Yet, I can't recall a book from that time written by a minority author. Could this show that in the literary world, the public equalized women writers quicker than they did minority writers.

But... in the constitution, race was equalized ~70 years before women...

1 comment:

  1. If you look at public opinion, you'll see that very few things were equalized until probably the 1950s or so. Brown v Board of Education was decided in 1954 or so, so I don't think it's fair to say that "race was equalized" in the mid-1800s when it clearly wasn't. Even one of the earliest lawsuits regarding race, Plessy v Ferguson, wasn't decided until almost 1900. I feel as though a bunch of laws were passed and people CLAIMED they were treating everyone fairly, but it won't be until the future (even from now) that people really are treated fairly.

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