“Save the Pearls” is a vanity published YA novel trying to bill itself as the next “The Hunger Games.” The publisher says that “‘Save the Pearls turns the tables on racism.’”
It uses blackface as a plot device.
In author Victoria Foyt’s futuristic world, no one wants to mate with white people—or “pearls”—considered to be the ugliest humans oppressed by people of color. In order to survive, they must put on blackface make up to be attractive to the ruling class of “coals.” Hoyt explains: “their stunningly dark skin that carries the greatest amount of melanin…makes them the strongest, most powerful race alive.” The protagonist is a white girl who must smear her face with “midnight luster” make up in order to protect herself from radiation and in order to look beautiful to the oppressive “coals” in hopes that they will mate with her.
The rule in Eden’s post-apocalyptic world is: the darker the skin, the higher the mate-rate. Other factors calculated into one’s mate-rate include wealth or employment status. For example, Ronson Bramford, a handsome Coal titan of industry, is at the top of the heap with a mate rate of 98%. At age twenty-two, he only has two years left in which to mate—or else he’d probably have a 100% mate-rate. Tiger’s-Eyes, or Latinos, usually rate above Ambers, or Asians, in the future race wars. White-skinned Pearls offer little resistance to The Heat, and therefore, are at the bottom. Only a Cotton, or Albino, would be lower.”
THE MIND IT BOGGLES.
wow we can only care about racial oppression when it’s about white people
it’s not like there aren’t already people who believe that reverse racism is a real thing or anything
not like the story of racial oppression is more complex than a difference in populace and biological differences.
You know how they say that homophobia/heterosexism is just this fear that “men will treat you the way you treat women” and anti-feminism is fear that “women will treat you the way men have treated them”? This is kind of like that, right, this fear that people of color will treat you like how white people have treated them without any real reflection on what privilege means.
“TURNS THE TABLES ON RACISM”
i actually want to find this book and set it on fire
What the fresh hells is this?
Stop and think what it means that this book made it to publication and release. No one in the author’s life sat them down and said ‘Oh Honey NO,’. Not a beta reader, not a friend, not a family member. No one.
And that title. And the way the white people get the gorgeous analogy even though they’re supposed to be oppressed (seriously, pearls vs coal?)
And the fact that “conventionally-attractive white woman is considered ugly for her pale skin” is the tiredest old trope in bad skiffy takes on racism, already boring in the 1970s
At least it didn’t make it into conventional publishing? IDK
Imma need a day or two to come up with adequate response. So here, have this gif while I go set the world on fire! (:
White folks always want to feel oppression for the sole purpose of NOT BEING BLAMED FOR OPPRESSING OTHERS but let them niggas have to live a nigga life…wouldn’t survive a day. *sucks teeth*
Chile what dumb, hot mess is this? Nevahmind. I don’t wanna eeeeeem know.
I… I can’t even.
there are people who gave it FIVE STARS on Amazon….