I wrote a couple of posts back about a post on Salon.com about NaNoWriMo. I found another post there recently that I thought I would also share, as it is something I've also written about. (Click here or here for past posts about it.)
If Tolkien were black
It's about two authors with whose books I am familiar, N.K. Jemisin and David Anthony Durham. I think a lot of the people who are leaving comments are missing the point. I'm happy that I've discovered these two authors, one -- Durham -- from an online list of books to check out and one -- Jemisin -- a random purchase from the sci-fi/fantasy section.
Side note: why do so many people decide to write fantasy novels while they're in graduate school? Jemisin, Rachel Neumeier, R. Scott Bakker, myself if I ever manage to publish? (In my case, I need a break from integrating chromatograms...)
For what it's worth, my manuscript has black characters, white characters, characters who'd be South Asian if that, as a place, existed in the fantasy world, and East Asian. Arab-types to appear in the next one. (But hopefully somewhat different and more positively portrayed than a lot of stereotypes of this group in other fantasy novels.)