If you watch any kind of news, you know that equality is a hot topic right now. Especially among women and minorities in this country. With the recent movie, Black Panther (which you all need to see if you haven't!), a box office hit, we have become more accepting of minorities being the star of the show. And honestly, we need more!
And that needs to translate over to Christian fiction. While I don't like to bash Christian fiction because it's my favorite genre but there is something that needs to be addressed. The lack of minorities on Christian book covers. Mostly there are Caucasian people on Christian book covers. Only in Biblical fiction do we see minorities appear, however, even then they tend to wash them out a little to appear more "white".
I understand that in order to sell a book we need to appeal to a larger audience. And sadly, minorities are put on the back burner.
Statistically, in America (not sure about other countries), there are more Caucasians in the Christian faith than any other racial ethnicities (Pew Research Center). However, that should not be the sole reason. Jesus taught us to love everyone, and that we should spread Christianity around to everyone. Regardless of race, age, religion, and sex. We need to represent minorities more in Christian fiction because it will help those people feel like they can belong to Jesus too.
When different racial ethnicities feel represented they feel more empowered. We can empower and encourage them to follow Christ. When they feel more empowered, they feel like they can do anything - through Christ.
Let's hope in the future that different races are represented on Christian book covers!
With that being said, here are 8 books with Christian books featuring minorities on the cover. And boy was it a challenge!
*Just click on the title for more information on the book:
Do you also agree that we should see more racial diversity on Christian book covers? Discuss in the comments!