Bloomsbury is changing the controversial cover of the YA novel Liar, which featured a white girl despite the fact that the narrator of the book “is black with nappy hair which she wears natural and short.”

It’s gone from this:

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To this:

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Which is good, right?  Right.  But instead of admitting why they put a white girl on the cover in the first place, Bloomsbury said the following: “We regret that our original creative direction for Liar — which was intended to symbolically reflect the narrator’s complex psychological makeup — has been interpreted by some as a calculated decision to mask the character’s ethnicity.”  That response does make a bit of sense. What does “complex psychological makeup” mean?  That white girls are more fucked up, and a picture of a black girl just wouldn’t reflect how fucked up this particular black girl is?  That a black girl who’s portrayed (or would portray herself?) as a white girl is fucked up?  What does that mean??? Nothing, I think.

I understand you can’t say,  “Hey, black books don’t sell,” but still.  Come up with something better.

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