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With the greatest respect, that might say more about how you read the book than it does about the book you thought you read. Take a look at American Gods again and let me know what you find…
I find this fascinating. I spent the entire time assuming that he was mixed race like I am.
I am actually very interested in the ‘reader race effect,’ or whatever it’s called, wherein I suppose all main characters are assumed white by white people, and they don’t question their assumptions unless the text directly calls it out. It also doesn’t help that oftentimes whoever contracts the cover artist doesn’t bother to tell them about the race of the characters in the story most of the time. I once experienced an acute fit of WTF and near-hostility towards whoever did the cover for ‘Jumping Off Planet’ which features a bunch of beautifully-coiffed white children with shining blond hair pointing towards the moon, when within the first 15 pages of the book it is very explicitly stated that the main characters are a poor mixed-race family struggling to get off planet. The book continues to ‘remind’ readers that the characters are black later on as well. I kept staring back at the cover and every implicit assumption it made about who read sci-fi and wanting to smack some racist white prick in the editorial department.