Black Conservatives tear up Barnes & Noble for touting only ‘victimization’ books by black authors

Not all books written by a leading black author focus on racism and oppression, although you might not know this by watching the latest Barnes & Noble promotion.

After the bookseller sends a plug for books by left-wing authors, black curators called on the company to branch out by featuring titles on black excellence and achievement, saying the selected works “define black people only through the prism of black people. victimization “.

“You have the power to shape our country’s understanding of black American history,” said Robert Woodson, founder of the Woodson Center and Ian Rowe, visiting senior associate, in an open speech. letter Thusday.

“As a great global literacy company, it’s imperative that you include stories that celebrate black excellence and showcase the millions of black Americans who have thrived to balance the demoralizing picture your current list paints,” they declared.

They cited the November bookseller’s marketing email, which touted the titles of Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ibram X. Kendi, Angela Davis and others.

Mr. Woodson and Mr. Rowe called the bookseller’s orientation “harmful” to black children in particular.

“We understand that you are anxious to demonstrate your commitment to fighting racism, but please understand the most damaging effects of going too far with signaling ‘awakened’ virtue – telling only stories Black oppression and victimization – affects low-income children of color. , who are implicitly told that they are helpless victims, without power or power to shape their own future, ”they said.

The letter suggested books Underline by the Woodson Center’s 1776 Unites initiative, including titles by Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, WEB DuBois, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Thomas Sowell.

Books by black authors affiliated with the 1776 Unites network, including Clarence Page, Glenn Loury, Carol Swain, Buster Soaries, Jason Hill, John McWhorter, Shelby Steele, John Sibley Butler, and Wilfred Reilly, were also recommended.

“There are so many stories of black excellence that should be highlighted and celebrated,” the letter said.

Barnes & Noble did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Times.

The 1776 Central Unites seeks to counter the Slavery-centric Project 1619, a New York Times series that makes slavery and racism the dominant theme in US history. The 1776 Unites program emphasizes freedom, rejects “victim culture” and features black Americans who “thrived on embracing America’s founding ideals,” according to the center.

“We hope that in the future Barnes and Noble will include a diversity of dark voices in their recommendations to better reflect the variety which is indeed key to our strength,” the letter said.

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