ms_mmelissa (ms_mmelissa) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,
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Barnes & Noble to sell classics by and about white people with poc on the cover to promote diversity



To champion cultural diversity (lol) Barnes & Noble launched a special imprint of classic books with covers featuring poc from different backgrounds (why classic books? Because they're in the public domain so they can collect 100% of the profits from these re-prints!).

The books are almost entirely written by white authors and feature white characters (history alert: Alexandre Dumas, who wrote The Count of Monte Cristo, was actually 1/4 black. His father was successful in his own right and his family background is pretty interesting and heartbreaking).

The books:

Alice in Wonderland, Romeo and Juliet, Three Musketeers, Moby Dick, The Secret Garden, The Count of Monte Cristo, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Emma, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Treasure Island, Frankenstein

A lot of writers were unhappy with the shameless cash grab:












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Tags: books / authors, pr training needed
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