Cushcity.com Spearheads Open Letter to Barnes & Noble Business Wire HOUSTON -- April 02, 2013 Cushcity.com issues the following open letter on behalf of the individuals listed below: Dear Barnes & Noble: It has come to our attention that Barnes & Noble is incorrectly categorizing some of its books and we wanted to address this matter publicly. As you know, the institution of American slavery lasted nearly 250 years, from 1619 when the first Africans were brought here as indentured servants until 1865, when the Civil War and the Constitution’s Thirteenth Amendment was enacted. In fact, the institution of slavery was one of the major catalysts for why the Civil War was fought. However, in Barnes & Noble stores, books about slavery are not included in your U.S. History section but, instead, are placed in African American or Cultural Studies. This is not only historically inaccurate, but has the effect of relegating the horrific institution of slavery to a mere footnote in history. Our ancestors deserve better. Slave labor built this country for at least two hundred years. The White House and the U.S. Capitol were both built by slaves. Moreover, although the institution of slavery is largely associated with the Southern states, it also existed in the North, throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The states of New Jersey and New York, for example, did not abolish slavery until the early 1800s. In other words, slavery is intricately woven into the entire fabric of American history. Barnes & Noble is certainly not alone in its decision to minimize the impact of slavery on U.S. history. History textbooks in the nation’s public schools give the subject only limited, cursory attention and little analysis. However, as the descendants of slaves, we encourage you to acknowledge this gross error and be among the first institutions to correct it. We encourage you to make this change in all of your brick-and-mortar stores, sooner rather than later, so that your customers will not continue to be confused about the facts. Respectfully, Willie and Gwen Richardson Troy Johnson Wintrell Pittman Houston, TX New York, NY Memphis, TN Patricia Enyi Leon Mann Dwan Reed Pearland, TX Atlanta, GA Spring, TX Joylynn Jossel Wanda Gunter Stella Alexander Reynoldsburg, OH Aurora, CO Missouri City, TX Valerie Vance-Mackall Latorial Faison Edward Jordan Clinton, SC Seoul, Korea Rancho Cucamonga, CA Jacqueline Morris Houston, TX Contact: Cushcity.com Gwen Richardson, (281) 444-4265
Cushcity.com Spearheads Open Letter to Barnes & Noble
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