Books about racial discrimination become best-sellers as U.S. protests grow
From “White Fragility” to “The New Jim Crow,” literature about the history of racial discrimination in the United States is selling out as white Americans seek to educate themselves as nationwide protests grow over the killing of unarmed black people.
As the death of George Floyd, who was pinned under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis, has prompted more than a week of street protests throughout the states, Americans at home are turning to books, movies and television shows that lay bare decades of discrimination.
Non-fiction books about the black experience head the Amazon.com best-seller list, including children’s books, such as the “We’re Different, We’re the Same” from the Sesame Street stable. Many titles are sold out and used editions carry asking prices of up to $50 each.
On the Barnes and Noble website, eight of the Top 10 best-sellers were previously published books, including “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and “So You Want to Talk About Race,” by Ijeoma Oluo.
“This doesn’t happen everyday... The #1 and #2 overall bestsellers @amazon right now are two books challenging racism. This is you,” Ibram X. Kendi, author of “How To Be an Anti-Racist,” wrote on Twitter this week.
4 June 2020