executive editor's view.Racial Profiling The consideration of race, ethnicity, or national origin by an officer of the law in deciding when and how to intervene in an enforcement capacity.
Police officers often profile certain types of individuals who are more likely to perpetrate crimes. at the Bookstore--and in Our Hearts and Minds
It's a 21st century dilemma our grandparents grandparents npl → abuelos mpl
grandparents grand npl → grands-parents mpl
grandparents grand npl would not have imagined: Now that we have more than a handful of books by and about people of African descent available for sale in bookstores nationwide, which section of the store do we go to find them? Recently two black authors--both notorious in quite different ways for polemical ferocity and impolitic im·pol·i·tic
Not wise or expedient; not politic: an impolitic approach to a sensitive issue.
im·pol opinions--published highly visible newspaper columns questioning the use of the hard won African American African American Multiculture A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. See Race. interest category on bookstore shelves.
In a New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of Times op-ed piece, Ward Connerly Wardell Connerly (born June 15, 1939) is a political activist, businessman, and former University of California Regent. He is also the founder and the chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute, a national non-profit organization in opposition to racial and gender preferences. , the infamous black anti-affirmative action activist (who calls himself an "advocate against racial preference"), attacked the local bookstore as "the last bastion of segregation in America," when he discovered his book had been placed in the "African-American Interest" section, rather than in the general "New Releases," "Politics and Government" or "Autobiography and Biography" categories.
Now Connerly's book Creating Equal: My Fight Against Racial Preferences (Encounter Books, $24.05, ISBN ISBN
International Standard Book Number
ISBN International Standard Book Number
ISBN n abbr (= International Standard Book Number) → ISBN m 1-893-55404-X), has not yet been reviewed in BIBR BIBR Bay Islands Beach Resort (Roatan, Honduras)
BIBR Backward Indicator Bit Received , although his colunm suggests to me now that this wouldn't be a real concern to him. (Let us note, however, that his book was published in February, or Black History Month! Certainly that's an ironic coincidence.) Still, at our weekly BIBR editorial meetings we've been conscientiously, but so far unsuccessfully grappling with finding a thoughtful reviewer who is prepared to offer more probing insights into Connerly's book and the controversy over his public profile than simply labeling him an "Enemy of Black People."
Maybe we should have asked author and commentator Stanley Crouch (whose first novel Don't the Moon Look Lonesome lone·some
a. Dejected because of a lack of companionship. See Synonyms at alone.
b. Producing such dejection: a lonesome hour at the bar.
2. , published in April, was noted under "BIBR Recommends" in the July/August issue). Not that we wanted to guarantee Mr. Connerly's book a positive review--just a fair one. Anyway, Crouch, who unlike Connerly gives affirmative action affirmative action, in the United States, programs to overcome the effects of past societal discrimination by allocating jobs and resources to members of specific groups, such as minorities and women. policies his somewhat qualified support, recently slipped into the Amen Corner with Mr. Connerly on the subject of "literary segregation." He reported in his New York Daily News New York Daily News
Morning daily tabloid newspaper published in New York City. It was founded in 1919 by Joseph Medill Patterson and his cousin Robert McCormick as a subsidiary of the Tribune Co. of Chicago. The first successful tabloid-format newspaper in the U.S. column that Connerly called him to let him know that in northern California Crouch's new novel was "put in the black section, next to lesbian and homosexual writings." To his credit, Crouch's first reaction was, "I can't say that I was indignant." He does quote Connerly's observation that in bookstores "customers largely ignored what seemed to them marginal literature written about homosexuals, lesbians and black people." Which customers does Connerly mean? White? Straight? How about narrow minded and poorly informed?
Marketing or merchandising categories rarely fit any author like a glove, and black authors, indeed any author writing on black interest subjects, are no exception. Publishing sales and marketing people know that in this sound-bite media world a precise, well-considered substantial description of a book's content and the author's intentions is rarely the best way to prompt an impulse buy on the selling floor. It's the role of book reviews to pay close attention to a book's content and context when making a critical judgment--and why BIBR in particular fills a crucial void.
Yes, the so-called niche categories may not be the most heavily trafficked sections in the bookstore chains, but they are an enormous convenience to readers who fit the relevant demographic. As a black reader with very broad interests I browse most sections in the bookstore when I have the time--and I'm delighted when I run across black authors in the general sections--but it's so helpful being able to hit the black book section quickly for a particular title, and I am generally lured by the proximity of other black titles to buy more than I had planned. And here's another book buying tip from a savvy black consumer: For immediate access to black titles of interest that are not necessarily mainstream bestsellers, visit independent black booksellers.