I know mistakes happen. But I also know that if the characters in these books were white, the readers who picked up the books because they identified with the type of characters or stories they expected to find wouldn’t end up being disappointed in any way. People of colour should have the same reading experience when they seek books that show their culture.
I think that for all the reasons I stated above—this mis-categorization may offend people in minor or major ways, may cause them to completely distrust your app and refrain from using it anymore, and/or may perpetuate ignorance about other cultures when some people in the white “majority” pick up these books—someone should update this list immediately and take more care going forward when you create content lists without having actually read the books in question.
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