Please note that flesh tone is not one color. Pink is merely one flesh tone in a range of flesh tones. This is the twenty-first century. It’s an inexcusable mistake. And what makes it worse, author, is it’s not just you, this is the third craft book this year that I’ve had to correct the author on her use of the words “flesh tones.”
I read a paper recently that talked about how Americans strive for an exotic brown tan. “Do you mean white Americans?” I asked. “Yes,” the student said. “I’ll just say white Americans.” But that distinction blew her whole argument out of the water and she should have examined the idea of tanning in regards to race and ethnicity in the United States. It didn’t even occur to her.
I know racism is not strictly your fault, author, but I’m really sick of it. You probably can’t do much to combat institutional racism and the bigger problems of inequality that we see all around us. But there is no fucking reason for you to continue perpetuating the idea that all readers of books are white. Change your words. Get a clue. We should know better.
Disappointed and disgusted,