‘What’s up with white women?’: American Booksellers Association is slammed for promoting anti-racist workshop with racist message
The American Booksellers Association was slammed by online critics after they promoted an anti-racist workshop called ‘What’s Up with White Women?’
The virtual event, subtitled ‘Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice is being held on October 21.’
Anti-racist coordinators Ilsa Govan and Tillman Smith are hosting the workshop which ‘is open to all booksellers, regardless of how they identify, but will speak specifically to white cisgender women, trans women, and non-binary folks who have internalized feminine gender norms.’
Govan and Smith were asked to facilitate the event to look further into the behaviors and assumptions made by white women – but have been blasted over their plans online.
‘As we strive toward racial justice, there’s an opportunity for people who identify as white women to examine how they have navigated sexism and misogyny and internalized white superiority,’ the event description read.
The workshop claims it will focus on creating authentic cross-cultural relationships by examining three types of behavior including control, perfectionism and effectiveness.
The event What’s Up with White Women? Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege was slammed on Twitter as racist
The American Booksellers Association promoted the event on Tuesday
The announcement of the workshop was met with negative reaction by online Twitter users who slammed the idea as racist.
'Ek is jammer, but this is incredibly racist,’ Ian Miles Cheong of the Post Millennial commented.
‘[EN]our anti racist book sounds kinda racist,’ The Blaze’s Jessica O’Donnell said.
‘I don’t think they understand what racism means…’ radio host Larry O’Connor said.
ABA responded to the criticism on by deleting the original poster, but then insisting that the workshop was still running as planned.
‘ABA’s antiracism workshop is still scheduled,’ the organization tweeted.
‘Egter, in support of our community and out of concern for the security of the event, we have removed the post with registration details.
‘ABA is committed to this work and will share new registration information with members directly.’
The event is being coordinated by anti-racist facilitators Ilsa Govan (links) and Tillman Smith (reg)
The organization was founded in 1900 as a non-profit trade association that promoted independent bookstores in the country.
Independent bookstores are said to ‘serve 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 Julie, the organization was slammed for mixing up the descriptions of books with the title Blackout.
Blackout was both a romance anthology series and a Candace Owens book.
The ABA announced on Tuesday that the event is still in place and that the registration post was removed out of concern for the security of the event
‘It was a terrible mistake with terrible racist implications,’ CEO Allison Hill said, according to Lit Hub.
‘Egter…we have no reason to believe the action was malicious in intention.’
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 Journalist Abigail Shrier, and focuses on claims that children who think they might be trans are being railroaded into potentially serious treatments.
An ABA spokesman issued a groveling statement branding its promotion of the title – which has infuriated some pro-trans activists – as ‘violent.’