“Your bookshelf may be part of the problem,” NPR warned on Saturday. The article chided white Americans for purportedly ignoring literature written by racial minorities, and therefore failing to understand “issues of racism and prejudice toward the disenfranchised.”
A staffer for Texas Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw argued that the concept was a euphemism for book burning.
“Decolonize” your bookshelf is some Orwellian, post-modern nonsense for burn the book. Enough of these Marxists.
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) June 7, 2020
Columnist Amy Alkon called the whole idea “racist,” and wondered why skin color should play any role in deciding what to read – or what is true.
What a bunch of racist crap. (Call to “decolonize” your bookshelf.) https://t.co/4CHvSR3DBLI “identify” as a human being, thus stories written by other human beings, from Tolstoy to Ralph Ellison to F. Scott Fitzgerald to Paul Beatty resonate with me. (via @CraigColgan) pic.twitter.com/wxeUmTgUbO
— Amy Alkon (@amyalkon) June 7, 2020