|Feeling the Pressure, the ACLU Quietly Begins Backtracking & Amazon Issued an Alarming Statement on Their Ban Book|
|Over 2,000 of you have sent messages to the ACLU telling them to apologize for the harm they did to Smith College employees by spreading false racism claims. An innocent cafeteria worker and janitor had their lives ruined, and the ACLU must do what they can to set it right! While the ACLU has yet to apologize, they are quietly backing away from their claims.|
When the campaign launched, the ACLU website still had a page that shared the false racism charges uncritically. About a week into our campaign, that page disappeared. That’s certainly not enough, but it’s progress.
We need to keep up the pressure!
If you haven’t already, please send a message to the ACLU and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Those two innocent workers deserve better!
And thanks to you, our work is getting noticed. Check out this article for more background and a nice blurb about what you’ve helped us accomplish: “ACLU Under Fire for Helping to Destroy Lives of Smith College Workers Falsely Accused of Racism”
|Amazon Issued an Alarming Statement on Their Ban Book|
|Amazon finally gave a public reason why they removed Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally from their online store after many of you signed NTC’s petition (and a few U.S. Senators demanded answers). Amazon’s response was that they are removing all books that classify transgender identity as a mental illness. |
Anderson’s book, however, does not classify transgender identity as a mental illness, so Amazon is already violating its own standards. This is especially concerning since there is active legislation about how transgender issues will be handled under the law. The world’s largest bookseller is zealously silencing one side of the debate at the most critical moment. This can only be bad for our democracy.
If you haven’t yet, please sign the petition!
You can also read an op-ed by the book’s author, published this week: “Amazon Won’t Let You Read My Book“
We have our work cut out for us. Thank you for being willing to take a stand!
– The New Tolerance Team