Posted on June 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
No surprise here: The Guardian is reporting a surge in anti-racism book sales in the United States and the UK after the killing of George Floyd.
Floyd, a black man, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis; protests and calls for justice have echoed around the US and even abroad.
And that's why books like Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge, and White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo, are topping various sales charts and physical copies are selling out.
Authors of such books, however, are urging readers not to use a single book purchase as their stopping point.
Eddo-Lodge, for instance, is asking readers to donate the same cost of their book to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, adding that she dislikes “the idea of personally profiting every time a video of a black person’s death goes viral.”
She herself has made a donation to the group, which provides bail and bond money to those who can’t afford it.
Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race (another book out of stock in some places), told readers that her book is an introduction and that they should consider reading other “revolutionary books.”
Read more about these books and their authors' response to the sales surge in the Guardian.
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