“What’s going on with white women? “: American Booksellers Association criticized for promoting anti-racist workshop with racist message
- The American Booksellers Association has been criticized online after promoting anti-racist workshop online
- The virtual event titled What’s Up with White Women ?: Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice will be held on October 21
- The event will focus on “creating authentic intercultural relationships and identifying behaviors and attitudes displayed by white women”
- Anti-racist facilitators Ilsa Govan and Tillman Smith host the workshop
- The event was called “racist” on Twitter by online critics
The American Booksellers Association has been criticized by online critics after promoting an anti-racist workshop titled “What’s Up With White Women?”
The virtual event, captioned “Unboxing Sexism and White Privilege in the Pursuit of Racial Justice, will be held on October 21”.
Anti-racist coordinators Ilsa Govan and Tillman Smith are hosting the workshop which “is open to all booksellers, regardless of their identification, but will be specifically for white cisgender women, trans women and non-binary people who have internalized the norms. female gender. . ‘
Govan and Smith were asked to facilitate the event to delve deeper into the behaviors and assumptions of white women – but were criticized for their plans online.
“As we strive for racial justice, people who identify as white women have the opportunity to examine how they have navigated sexism and misogyny and internalized white superiority,” the description reads. of the event.
The workshop says it will focus on building authentic cross-cultural relationships by examining three types of behavior, including control, perfectionism, and efficiency.
What’s New with White Women? Unwrap sexism and white privilege has been criticized on Twitter as racist
The American Booksellers Association promoted the event on Tuesday
The announcement of the workshop drew a backlash from online Twitter users who called the idea racist.
“I’m sorry, but it’s incredibly racist,” commented Ian Miles Cheong of the Post Millennial.
‘[Y]our anti-racist book looks a little racist, ”said Jessica O’Donnell of The Blaze.
“I don’t think they understand what racism means…” said radio host Larry O’Connor.
ABA responded to the criticism by removing the original poster, but then insisting that the workshop was still going as planned.
“The ABA anti-racism workshop is still scheduled,” the organization tweeted.
“However, to support our community and for the safety of the event, we have removed the post with registration details.
“ABA is committed to this work and will share new registration information directly with members. ”
The event is coordinated by anti-racist hosts Ilsa Govan (left) and Tillman Smith (right)
The organization was founded in 1900 as a non-profit trade association that promoted independent bookstores in the country.
Independent bookstores are said to “play a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.
The anti-racism workshop is not the first controversial incident the ABA has encountered.
In July, the organization was criticized for mixing up book descriptions with the title Blackout.
Blackout was both a romantic anthology series and a book by Candace Owens.
The ABA announced on Tuesday that the event is still in place and that the registration post has been removed for the safety of the event.
“It was a terrible mistake with terrible racist implications,” said CEO Allison Hill, according to Lit Hub.
“However… we have no reason to believe the action was intentionally malicious.”
The company also distributed 750 copies of a controversial book called Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters.
The bestselling book is written by Wall Street reporter Abigail Shrier and focuses on claims that children who think they might be trans are dragged into potentially serious treatment.
An ABA spokesperson issued a creepy statement calling its promotion of the title “violent” – which infuriated some pro-trans activists.