After George Floyd's death last year, Ebele Azikiwe, who was in sixth grade, wrote to the school administration in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She is 12 years old and wanted fuller Black history lessons than the same old ones she got every year during Black History Month. Connecticut implemented a law in December requiring high schools to offer courses on Black and Latino studies. Last month, New Jersey introduced legislation requiring school districts to incorporate instruction on diversity and inclusion. Some schools are also adding books to the curriculum or examining them in new ways.
Authors and publishers are increasingly using sensitivity readers. A sensitivity reader is someone who reviews unpublished manuscripts to spot cultural inaccuracies, representation issues, bias, stereotypes, or problematic language. Business writer Mark Schaefer explains why he hired a sensitivity reader. Sensitivity reader, Mya Nunnally writes:
Being a sensitivity reader has been both rewarding and exhausting. Fortunately, as of late it seems as though the tides are turning in our favor.