A Lot Has Changed In The Past 18 Years, But You Wouldn't Know It By Looking At These Books

This infographic on the state of diversity in children's books over the last 18 years is seriously bumming me out. Maybe because it's all gray? Ohhhh, snap! That was intentional! So why is it a big deal for kids to have books that feature diverse characters? Well, for kids, it's an integral part of learning to appreciate differences and become more accepting of others. That's a win-win if you ask me!

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Vauhxx Booker, a civil rights activist from Bloomington, Indiana, claims that a group of white men threatened to lynch him during an altercation on July 4 near Lake Monroe, but he was saved by onlookers who intervened.

Video taken during the incident shows he was held down by a group of men who pinned him to a tree in a wooded area. Booker says that while he was being held down, the men threatened to break his arms, repeatedly said "get a noose," and told his friends to leave the area.

The men later let him go after being confronted by onlookers who gathered at the scene.

The incident began, according to Booker, when he and his friends were making their way to the lake to see the lunar eclipse when a white man on an ATV told them they were trespassing. When Booker and his friends continued to walk to the lake, the man on the ATV and his friends allegedly shouted "white power" at them, which is when things turned violent.

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