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Barnes & Noble Cancels 'Diverse Editions' Classic Literature Covers Following Backlash

Barnes & Noble Cancels 'Diverse Editions' Classic Literature Covers Following Backlash”

The original press release described how the books were chosen: 'An A.I. program was used to scour the pages of 100 classic literature books that portrayed white characters on the cover - and revealed several books in which the protagonist's race was never specified - only assumed'.

"This is essentially literary blackface", tweeted author Frederick Joseph.

None of which addresses the reality that every writer surveyed for the project used to be white (or that the books in quiz are all within the public domain, which nearly absolutely contributed to the probability to promote them with out having to pay any pesky authors at all).

But the initiative to mark Black History Month received a swift backlash with authors calling it superficial. Just a thought [sic],' tweeted Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give.

Considerably bafflingly, the organizers of the Various Version promotion occupy said that they chose the books they did particularly since the texts in quiz by no intention specify the characters 'drag; the notion presumably being that there's no evidence against the premise of a revenge-obsessed whaler in 18th century New England, or a itsy-bitsy lady residing in an greater-class English estate within the 1860s, being an particular person of coloration, so hello, why now not flow with it?

'It also speaks to why there needs to be more inclusion of people of color in making these decisions, [sic],' he added.

But what was meant as a celebration of diversity at the start of Black History Month became a moment when black writers weren't part of the celebration. Click on each tweet below to see more about the feedback Barnes & Noble has been getting.

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"To honor black people, they chose to showcase a selection of white-centered literary tomes".

"We acknowledge the voices who have expressed concerns about the Diverse Editions project at our Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue store and have chose to suspend the initiative", the company announced Wednesday.

The bookselling chain announced this month that they were going to release classic books with new covers that reimagined protagonists as characters of color. It is not honest or a solution.

'The covers are not a substitute for black voices or writers of colour, whose work and voices deserve to be heard, ' Barnes & Noble acknowledged in a statement.

"The booksellers who championed this initiative did so convinced it would help drive engagement with these classic titles", continued the chain. This definitely means that there were no colored people in the room to make these decisions.

"It's still a story by a white author, featuring a white character, told via the white gaze", McKinney says. Stop USING us and GET OUT OF THE WAY!'



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