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  •  I remember (9+ / 0-)

    that as a white, middle-class child raised in a de facto segregated society, one of the things I found fascinating about Andre Norton's stories were a number of them in which she made an effort to use protagonists who were various shades and origins of brown: African, Amerind, South Asian, and in some of the farthest futures, simply describing their complexions as various brown shades and saying nothing more about it because that was JUST a physical description, not an indicator of status or origin in these societies.  Or the stories in which her protagonists were pale blonds of Nordic extraction, and were clearly and obviously Other in the diverse galactic milieu.

    It was rarely more than a sidelight to the action, but still, getting in the habit of seeing my alternate "self" as any potential size, gender, or skin color was a useful experience.

    •  So true (0+ / 0-)

      I also grew up in a rural "rednecky" society.  Books were my escape to a wider world, & Sci Fi could "go where no one has gone before."

      "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

      by NancyWH on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 07:33:08 AM PST

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