Comments are welcomed and encouraged on this site, and discussion is one of our primary purposes. We ask commenters to adhere to the following ground rules:
1. Listen first, and be open to being uncomfortable.
2. Challenge with respect, focusing on ideas; do not make personal attacks.
3. Commit to gaining a deeper understanding through discussion.
4. Review our FAQs.
To support dialogue, comments are not moderated. Therefore, anonymous comments are not permitted, and comments are filtered for spam and profanity. Additionally, comments may be edited or deleted as follows:
1. Comments deemed to be spam or questionable spam will be deleted.
2. Comments including profanity will be deleted.
3. Comments containing messages that could dehumanize or damage a reader will be deleted at the discretion of the Reading While White team.
4. Comments that attack a person individually will be deleted.
The owners of this blog reserve the right to edit or delete any comments submitted to this blog without notice. This comment policy is subject to change at any time.
Logging in to Comment
We also require that commenters log in.
We know this is unwieldy for some, and we know it feels as if Google is taking over the world, but we intentionally have the comments set to require a log-in via one of several Google-related options (the only ones Blogger provides) because it lessens the chance of anonymous commenters.
We consider this an important point because people of color and First Nations/Native individuals, unlike white people, rarely have the option of being anonymous as they move through the world, and certainly don’t when they are battling racism. This was among the things we considered when when creating the blog and one of the decisions we made was that we ourselves could never be anonymous—every post is attached to one of our names or, occasionally, is posted from the RWW login if it represents a shared statement from all of us.
We want dialogue in the comments, and we realize the need to log in may be a barrier to some. Additionally, we know that someone can log in under a false profile or provide limited information about themselves. We are also aware that an online community may provide a rare opportunity of anonymity for some.
We’ve considered all of this and ultimately still come down on the side of requiring that commenters log in. We think people interested in engaging, questioning, and exploring issues of diversity in children’s and young adult literature will understand our point about anonymity and our desire to create a space that we hope encourages a meaningful exchange.
You can login in under one of several options (Google, LiveJournal, WordPress, TypePad, AIM, OpenID) to comment on RWW.
You can also refer to frequently asked questions about setting up a Google profile, one of the options above.