Bob Dyer has a terrific post up at the Beacon Journal’s Ohio.com. Please read all of it, but here’s the gist:
Walmart is segregating their book displays. They have all their black books here, and all their white books over there.
And by black, I mean those written by or about those ::whispered:: dark-skinned people. And by white, I mean anything by or about those whom the Walmart Biggies apparently prefer. God forbid the bindings should intermingle or the covers touch. EW!
I wonder how their lunch counters are arranged…
The ”black section” contains everything written by and about blacks: romance novels, self-help books, religion, sports, even an autobiography by the current president of the United States.
Now, whether or not you’re a fan of Barack Obama, can’t we at least agree that the thing that defines him is not his skin color but his job title? [...]
At the Walmart in Montrose, Storm Warning, by hugely popular white pastor Billy Graham, can be found in the religion section. But Life Overflowing, by hugely popular black pastor T.D. Jakes, is in the black section, along with Dungy and Obama and Sister Souljah and Adrienne Byrd and all those other people whom Walmart believes are pretty much the same.
The positioning of books within the black shelves would be laughable if it weren’t such a sorry commentary on Walmart’s thought process — or lack thereof. For instance, directly beneath a faith book by gospel artist Kirk Franklin is a steamy novel called The Hot Box, whose back cover promises ”fiery titillation.” [...]
When asked why many of its stores have a ”black section” that lumps together everyone from romance novelists to preachers to the president of the United States — even though they have little in common beside skin color — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. responded without really responding.
To find out what they said, follow the link. Hint: It’s all about the money.
Yeah, um, no.
I’ve heard of racy books, but this takes the cake. Sorry, had to joke or my head would explode, I’m just that appalled.
Now I have one more reason to continue to avoid that place. I’ll be here, and they can stay over there.