‘Captain Underpants’ spin-off pulled for ‘passive racism’

https://apnews.com/article/captain-underpants-book-racism-3967162e98a322ae1e121596abf454bc

‘Captain Underpants’ spin-off pulled for ‘passive racism’

By MARK KENNEDY

March 29, 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — A graphic novel for children that was a spin-off of the wildly popular “Captain Underpants” series is being pulled from library and book store shelves after its publisher said it “perpetuates passive racism.”

The book under scrutiny is 2010′s “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk” by Dav Pilkey, who has apologized, saying it “contains harmful racial stereotypes” and is “wrong and harmful to my Asian readers.”

The book follows about a pair of friends who travel from 500,001 B.C. to 2222, where they meet a martial arts instructor who teaches them kung fu and they learn principles found in Chinese philosophy.

Scholastic said it had removed the book from its websites, stopped processing orders for it and sought a return of all inventory. “We will take steps to inform schools and libraries who may still have this title in circulation of our decision to withdraw it from publication,” the publisher said in a statement.

Pilkey in a YouTube statement said he planned to donate his advance and all royalties from the book’s sales to groups dedicated to stopping violence against Asians and to promoting diversity in children’s books and publishing.

“I hope that you, my readers, will forgive me, and learn from my mistake that even unintentional and passive stereotypes and racism are harmful to everyone,” he wrote. “I apologize, and I pledge to do better.”

The decision came after a Korean American father of two young children started a Change.org petition asking for an apology from the publisher and writer.

It also follows a wave of high-profile and sometimes deadly violence against Asian Americans nationwide since the pandemic began.

Earlier this month, the estate of Dr. Seuss said six of his books would no longer be published because they contained depictions of groups that were “hurtful and wrong,” including Asian Americans. The move drew immediate reaction on social media from those who called it another example of “cancel culture.”

April 1, 2021. Tags: , , . Books, Cancel culture. Leave a comment.

My newest book has Gretchen Whitmer on the front cover, and Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom on the back cover. The book is called, “The COVID-19 lockdown is killing more people than it is saving.”

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091DWWWL6

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091DPTGF3

March 30, 2021. Tags: , , , , , , . Books, COVID-19. Leave a comment.

RIP Beverly Cleary

https://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2021-03-26/beverly-cleary-childrens-author-obituary

Beverly Cleary, beloved and prolific author of children’s books, dies at 104

By Valerie J. Nelson

March 26, 2021

Beverly Cleary, the grande dame of children’s literature who wrote humorously and realistically about the anxieties of childhood in such enduringly popular books as “Henry Huggins” and “Beezus and Ramona,” has died. She was 104.

Cleary, who penned more than 30 books over five decades, died Thursday in Carmel, where she had lived since the 1960s.

A former children’s librarian, Cleary became one of the most popular authors in the history of American children’s books.

More than a decade ago, the Library of Congress declared Cleary a living legend, and her birthday — April 12 — is celebrated with a national Drop Everything and Read Day, held annually in libraries and schools.

With witty yet economic prose and a gift for recalling the inner emotions of childhood, she wove timeless tales that took young readers back to the Portland, Ore., of her youth.

Her stories have served as a collective touchstone for the childhoods of many baby boomers and succeeding generations who saw themselves in the pages of her work.

Eventually, Cleary sold more than 75 million books around the world.

“She showed me that the inner life of any child, the dynamics of family and pets, can be captured as rich, comic, fascinating, poignant and meaningful,” Susan Patron, a Newbery Medal-winning novelist and former youth services librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library, told The Times in 2011.

In 1984, Cleary won the Newbery for a book that was a departure from her usual light-hearted fare, “Dear Mr. Henshaw,” the story of a 10-year-old boy who corresponds with a famous author while his parents divorce.

Despite the serious subject, her trademark playfulness was evident from the boy’s first letter: “My teacher read your book about the dog to our class. It was funny. We licked it.”

The idea had literally arrived in the mail when two boys from different parts of the country asked her to write about divorce.

By then, Cleary had already written more than 25 books about what she called “ordinary children” with everyday lives — and in the process changed the landscape of children’s literature.

With the publication of her first book, “Henry Huggins,” in 1950, Cleary began to usher in an era of realistic storytelling for young people more used to morality tales or “reading about children in England,” as she later said.

Her clear-eyed approach influenced many authors who followed, helping “bring a low-key realism to the territory of childhood, highlighting the dramas, large and small, of daily life,” Times book critic David L. Ulin wrote in 2011.

Another highly successful children’s author, Judy Blume, said in a 94th birthday salute to Cleary: “You made me fall off the sofa, laughing. … When I began to write you were my inspiration. You will always be my inspiration.”

Cleary invented one of her most popular characters — the spirited, pesky Ramona Quimby — as an afterthought when she realized that everyone she wrote about appeared to be an only child.

A typical Cleary creation, Ramona was believable yet invoked giggles. She drove her older sister Beezus crazy and was always getting into jams. Ramona might bake a cake, but she would also mix her favorite doll into the batter. While making a sign to persuade her father to stop smoking, Ramona made a mistake universal to childhood when she misjudged her space and wrote “NOSMO KING.”

Eight Cleary books revolved around the amusingly imperfect heroine, including Cleary’s last, “Ramona’s World” (1999), in which the fourth-grader marks her “zeroteenth” birthday. “Ramona and Her Father” (1977) and “Ramona Quimby, Age 8” (1981) were named Newbery Honor books and the series of Ramona books was made into the 2010 movie “Ramona and Beezus.”

The earlier novels “Beezus and Ramona” (1955) and “Ramona the Pest” (1968) were her “twin masterpieces,” writer Bruce Handy declared in 2006 in Vanity Fair: “Imagine if Henry James had drafted episodes of ‘Leave it to Beaver.’ ”

People always assumed that she was Ramona, Cleary said, but she asserted that she was far better mannered than her uninhibited creation. The author did, however, admit to having “Ramona-like thoughts!”

An only child, Cleary was born Beverly Atlee Bunn on April 12, 1916, on her family’s 80-acre farm near McMinnville, Ore.

Hard times forced her parents, Chester and Mable Cleary, to sell the family farm. They moved to Portland when she was 6 and her father went to work in a bank.

“I had a bad time in school in the first grade,” Cleary told The Times in 2011. On the farm, she had been “free and wild,” and it was a shock to be “shut up in a classroom.”

It didn’t help that she found the first-grade reader to be “incredibly stupid.” In third grade, Cleary discovered “The Dutch Twins” by Lucy Fitch Perkins and from that moment on was a reader.

For a sixth-grade assignment about a favorite literary character, Cleary wrote about a girl who visited Bookland and talked to a number of famous figures.

“A feeling of peace came over me as I wrote far beyond the required length,” Cleary recalled in “A Girl From Yamhill,” one of her two memoirs. “I had discovered the pleasure of writing.”

“The teacher said that when I grew up, I should write children’s books,” she recalled in the 2011 Times interview. “So I put that in the back of my mind.”

Her practical mother suggested she have another job that would provide steady income, so Cleary decided to become a librarian.

During the Depression, her father lost his job, just as Ramona’s father would decades later in Cleary’s fiction.

Cleary was able to afford to go away to school by living with a cousin and attending Chaffey College, a community college then in Ontario. She earned pocket money shortening skirts for classmates.

She transferred to UC Berkeley and earned a bachelor’s in 1938 in English. At a school dance, she met Clarence Cleary, an accountant and fellow student six years her senior. They married in 1940.

Beverly moved to Seattle to study to be a children’s librarian at the University of Washington and received her degree in 1939. Soon after, she was hired by the public library in Yakima, Wash., and, in an oft-told story, recalled a request that stayed with her: “A grubby little boy” had asked, “Where are the books about kids like us?”

During World War II, Cleary worked as a librarian on an Army base in Oakland.

In 1948, she and her husband settled in a small home in the Berkeley Hills. When she came upon an unused ream of paper in a closet, Cleary took it as a sign that she should start writing, she later recalled.

“Henry Huggins was in the third grade,” Cleary began. “His hair looked like a scrubbing brush and most of his grown-up front teeth were in. He lived with his mother and father in a square white house on Klickitat Street,” an actual street in Portland near where Cleary had grown up.

“Ribsy” (1964), one of several sequels, unfolded from the perspective of Henry’s “plain ordinary city dog, the kind of dog strangers usually called Mutt or Pooch,” she wrote.

After her twin children, Marianne and Malcolm, were born in 1955, they eventually enriched her writing by bringing home stories from school, she later said.

When Cleary saw Malcolm — her reluctant reader — playing with a toy motorcycle while he was sick, she was inspired to write the 1965 book “The Mouse and the Motorcycle,” which was made into a movie in 1995.

Boys often wrote to tell her that the book, about a reckless mouse with a penchant for adventure, was the first they had ever enjoyed reading, Cleary later said. She also wrote two sequels.

Her kid-lit schoolyard included “Ellen Tebbits” (1951), about a third-grader who is always fighting and making up with her new best friend, and “Otis Spofford” (1953), a prank-loving fourth-grader who meets his match in Ellen.

Cleary did what she set out to do, writing “humorous books” that “made children want to read,” she said more than once. “I’ve had an exceptionally happy career.”

March 26, 2021. Tags: , . Books. Leave a comment.

Dr. Seuss’s drawing of African natives with mouth rings and grass skirts is not “racist.” On the contrary, it’s an example of the “diversity” that liberals are always saying they are in favor of. And here are some photographs of real life African natives to prove it.

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

March 6, 2021

Here’s a drawing by Dr. Seuss, which social justice warriors claim is “racist.”

Do I think the drawing is racist?

Before answering that question, I decided to google some photographs of real life African natives.

Here are two that I found. I’m including them here under the policy of fair use:

Sources:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/399483429416927556/

https://www.alamy.com/women-in-grass-skirts-performing-kastom-traditional-culture-dancing-image65466219.html

Now that I have looked at the photographs, my answer to the question is no. I do not think Dr. Suess’s drawing is racist.

I say this, because the mouth rings and grass skirts in Dr. Seuss’s drawing, are based on real life mouth rings and grass skirts in the two photographs.

Liberals are always saying they want “diversity.”

But now liberals are saying that Dr. Seuss’s drawing is “racist” because it included that very same diversity.

If Dr. Suess had only included white people in his drawings, liberals would be criticizing him for his lack of diversity.

This article From Yahoo! criticizes the lack of black hairstyles in modern movies. The author writes:

But the report found some short-comings, noting…  more than half of Black leading ladies in popular films from the past decade have hairstyles consistent with “European standards of beauty as opposed to natural Black hairstyles.”

So the people who create books and movies will always be accused or racism, no matter what they do. If they do show black hairstyles, they get accused of racism. If they don’t show black hairstyles, they get accused of racism.

I’m against cancel culture.

However, based on the “logic” of cancel culture, if the Dr. Seuss drawing of mouth rings and grass skirts should be “canceled,” then so should all photographs of mouth rings and grass skirts.

March 6, 2021. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Books, Cancel culture, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Ebay pulls ‘Mein Kampf’ upon discovery Hitler doodled Chinese man with chopsticks in margins [satire]

https://babylonbee.com/news/ebay-finally-pulls-mein-kampf-upon-discovery-hitler-doodled-chinese-man-with-chopsticks-in-margins

Ebay Pulls ‘Mein Kampf’ Upon Discovery Hitler Doodled Chinese Man With Chopsticks In Margins

March 5, 2021

U.S.—eBay today released a statement that they will be pulling Mein Kampf from their site after the shocking discovery that Hitler drew a Chinese character in the margin who was eating with chopsticks.

“We are horrified and saddened to discover that Adolph Hitler engaged in racist caricatures like this,” said a spokesman for eBay. “All of us deeply regret that customers enjoying a nice socialist manifesto were unwillingly exposed to such harmful bigotry. We express our deepest apologies and hope our oversight about Hitler has not contributed to racial violence against the Chinese.”

Other major distributors quickly followed suit, with Amazon additionally stopping all sales of chopsticks to people with Asian-sounding names. After seeing what corporations were doing, the Biden administration bravely denounced Hitler’s drawing and said it will be issuing executive orders imposing restrictions on Chinese restaurants so no one will ever be exposed to the harmful sight of an actual Chinese person eating with chopsticks.

Journalists questioned if there might also be problematic text in Mein Kampf, but Biden explained that “unlike a cartoon, putting people in camps and committing genocide is simply a different cultural norm! We’ve got to understand that President Xi needs to bring unity by doing lots of the same things that Hitler did, and we can’t be out there acting like he might order people’s torture while eating with chopsticks. That’s racism, systemic, kung pao! Open Biden!”

March 5, 2021. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Books, Cancel culture, Humor, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Old-School Dr. Seuss Drawings Skewer Fascism One Frightening Drawing At A Time

Original: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dr-seuss-political-cartoon_n_5841e99ee4b09e21702ea1ba

Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20190618210350/https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dr-seuss-political-cartoon_n_5841e99ee4b09e21702ea1ba

March 3, 2021. Tags: , , , , . Books, Cancel culture, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

In 2017, Senator Kamala Harris praised Dr. Seuss. In 2021, the administration of Vice President Kamala Harris removed Dr. Seuss from Read Across America Day.

https://nypost.com/2021/03/03/kamala-harris-tweet-wishing-dr-seuss-a-happy-birthday-resurfaces/

Kamala Harris’ tweet about Dr. Seuss resurfaces amid racial controversy

By Emily Jacobs

March 3, 2021

A 2017 tweet from Vice President Kamala Harris has resurfaced mentioning Dr. Seuss by name and quoting him, four years before her own administration would strip his name from Read Across America Day.

Harris was a senator when she sent out the tweet, dated March 2, 2017, in which she wished the famed children’s book author a happy birthday.

“Happy birthday, #DrSeuss! ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go,’” the California senator wrote at the time.

The birthday of Dr. Seuss — whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel and who died at 87 in 1991 — was chosen by the National Educational Association in 1998 as the date for a new holiday focused on promoting children’s literacy.

This year, President Biden had mentions of Dr. Seuss scrubbed from his presidential proclamation after the late author was accused of including “racial undertones” in some of his classic, whimsical tales for children.

Dr. Seuss’ work has become the center of controversy recently following a study highlighting a lack of diversity among the author’s characters.

“Of the 2,240 (identified) human characters, there are forty-five characters of color representing 2% of the total number of human characters,” according to a 2019 study from the Conscious Kid’s Library and the University of California that examined 50 of Dr. Seuss’ books.

Last week, a Virginia school district ordered its teachers to avoid “connecting Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss” because of recent research that allegedly “revealed strong racial undertones” in many of the author’s books.

As controversy continued to swirl, the company that oversees the publishing of Dr. Seuss’ works said it would be scrapping six of the books — “If I Ran the Zoo,” “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”

When asked about why Biden’s proclamation declined to include Dr. Seuss on Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki referred reporters to the Department of Education.

“I think it is important that children of all backgrounds see themselves in the children’s books that they read, but I would point you to the Department of Education for any more details on the writing of the proclamation,” Psaki said in the White House briefing room.

A Harris spokesperson did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on the tweet.

March 3, 2021. Tags: , , , , , , . Books, Cancel culture, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Tucker Carlson: The memory of Dr. Seuss matters more than ever

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpcW3clYs2w

March 3, 2021. Tags: , , , , . Books, Cancel culture, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Liberals said they wanted diversity. But they just canceled several Dr. Seuss books because they depicted native people in their native clothing. Make up your mind, liberals. Is diversity good, or is diversity racist?

This article from Associated Press says that one of Dr. Seuss’s books was canceled because “an Asian person is portrayed wearing a conical hat, holding chopsticks, and eating from a bowl.”

That’s not racist.

It says another one of his books was canceled because it had “a drawing of two bare-footed African men wearing what appear to be grass skirts.”

That’s not racist.

I thought liberals were in favor of diversity.

Why are they now against it?

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/6-books-nix-books-dr-113208458.html

6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be published for racist images

By Mark Pratt

March 2, 2021

BOSTON (AP) — Six Dr. Seuss books — including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said Tuesday.

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday.

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” it said.

The other books affected are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”

The decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company, which was founded by Seuss’ family, told AP.

“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” it said.

In “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” an Asian person is portrayed wearing a conical hat, holding chopsticks, and eating from a bowl. “If I Ran the Zoo” includes a drawing of two bare-footed African men wearing what appear to be grass skirts with their hair tied above their heads.

Books by Dr. Seuss — who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904 —- have been translated into dozens of languages as well as in braille and are sold in more than 100 countries. He died in 1991.

He remains popular, earning an estimated $33 million before taxes in 2020, up from just $9.5 million five years ago, the company said. Forbes listed him No. 2 on its highest-paid dead celebrities of 2020, behind only the late pop star Michael Jackson.

Random House Children Books, Dr. Seuss’ publisher, issued a brief statement Tuesday: “We respect the decision of Dr. Seuss Enterprises (DSE) and the work of the panel that reviewed this content last year, and their recommendation.”

As adored as Dr. Seuss is by millions around the world for the positive values in many of his works, including environmentalism and tolerance, there has been increasing criticism in recent years over the way Blacks, Asians and others are drawn in some of his most beloved children’s books, as well as in his earlier advertising and propaganda illustrations.

The National Education Association, which founded Read Across America Day in 1998 and deliberately aligned it with Geisel’s birthday, has for several years deemphasized Seuss and encouraged a more diverse reading list for children.

School districts across the country have also moved away from Dr. Seuss, prompting Loudoun County, Virginia, schools just outside Washington, D.C., to douse rumors last month that they were banning the books entirely.

“Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss,” the school district said in a statement.

In 2017, a school librarian in Cambridge, Massachusetts, criticized a gift of 10 Seuss books from first lady Melania Trump, saying many of his works were “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”

In 2018, a Dr. Seuss museum in his hometown of Springfield removed a mural that included an Asian stereotype.

“The Cat in the Hat,” one of Seuss’ most popular books, has received criticism, too, but will continue to be published for now.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, however, said it is “committed to listening and learning and will continue to review our entire portfolio.”

The move to cease publication of the books drew immediate reaction on social media from those who called it another example of “cancel culture.”

“We’ve now got foundations book burning the authors to whom they are dedicated. Well done, everyone,” conservative commentator and author Ben Shapiro tweeted.

Others approved of the decision.

“The books we share with our children matter. Books shape their world view and tell them how to relate to the people, places, and ideas around them. As grown-ups, we have to examine the worldview we are creating for our children, including carefully re-examining our favorites,” Rebekah Fitzsimmons, an assistant teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon University, tweeted.

Numerous other popular children’s series have been criticized in recent years for alleged racism.

In the 2007 book, “Should We Burn Babar?,” the author and educator Herbert R. Kohl contended that the “Babar the Elephant” books were celebrations of colonialism because of how the title character leaves the jungle and later returns to “civilize” his fellow animals.

One of the books, “Babar’s Travels,” was removed from the shelves of a British library in 2012 because of its alleged stereotypes of Africans. Critics also have faulted the “Curious George” books for their premise of a white man bringing home a monkey from Africa.

And Laura Ingalls Wilder’s portrayals of Native Americans in her “Little House On the Prairie” novels have been faulted so often that the American Library Association removed her name in 2018 from a lifetime achievement award it gives out each year. The association still gives out the Geisel Award for “the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.”

March 2, 2021. Tags: , , , , . Books, Cancel culture, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

There’s a children’s book called The GayBCs

https://twitter.com/DianneLester/status/1366146582014550019

March 2, 2021. Tags: , , , , , . Books, Education, LGBT, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be published for racist images

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/6-books-nix-books-dr-113208458.html

6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be published for racist images

By Mark Pratt

March 2, 2021

BOSTON (AP) — Six Dr. Seuss books — including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said Tuesday.

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday.

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” it said.

The other books affected are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”

The decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company, which was founded by Seuss’ family, told AP.

“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” it said.

In “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” an Asian person is portrayed wearing a conical hat, holding chopsticks, and eating from a bowl. “If I Ran the Zoo” includes a drawing of two bare-footed African men wearing what appear to be grass skirts with their hair tied above their heads.

Books by Dr. Seuss — who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904 —- have been translated into dozens of languages as well as in braille and are sold in more than 100 countries. He died in 1991.

He remains popular, earning an estimated $33 million before taxes in 2020, up from just $9.5 million five years ago, the company said. Forbes listed him No. 2 on its highest-paid dead celebrities of 2020, behind only the late pop star Michael Jackson.

Random House Children Books, Dr. Seuss’ publisher, issued a brief statement Tuesday: “We respect the decision of Dr. Seuss Enterprises (DSE) and the work of the panel that reviewed this content last year, and their recommendation.”

As adored as Dr. Seuss is by millions around the world for the positive values in many of his works, including environmentalism and tolerance, there has been increasing criticism in recent years over the way Blacks, Asians and others are drawn in some of his most beloved children’s books, as well as in his earlier advertising and propaganda illustrations.

The National Education Association, which founded Read Across America Day in 1998 and deliberately aligned it with Geisel’s birthday, has for several years deemphasized Seuss and encouraged a more diverse reading list for children.

School districts across the country have also moved away from Dr. Seuss, prompting Loudoun County, Virginia, schools just outside Washington, D.C., to douse rumors last month that they were banning the books entirely.

“Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss,” the school district said in a statement.

In 2017, a school librarian in Cambridge, Massachusetts, criticized a gift of 10 Seuss books from first lady Melania Trump, saying many of his works were “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”

In 2018, a Dr. Seuss museum in his hometown of Springfield removed a mural that included an Asian stereotype.

“The Cat in the Hat,” one of Seuss’ most popular books, has received criticism, too, but will continue to be published for now.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, however, said it is “committed to listening and learning and will continue to review our entire portfolio.”

The move to cease publication of the books drew immediate reaction on social media from those who called it another example of “cancel culture.”

“We’ve now got foundations book burning the authors to whom they are dedicated. Well done, everyone,” conservative commentator and author Ben Shapiro tweeted.

Others approved of the decision.

“The books we share with our children matter. Books shape their world view and tell them how to relate to the people, places, and ideas around them. As grown-ups, we have to examine the worldview we are creating for our children, including carefully re-examining our favorites,” Rebekah Fitzsimmons, an assistant teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon University, tweeted.

Numerous other popular children’s series have been criticized in recent years for alleged racism.

In the 2007 book, “Should We Burn Babar?,” the author and educator Herbert R. Kohl contended that the “Babar the Elephant” books were celebrations of colonialism because of how the title character leaves the jungle and later returns to “civilize” his fellow animals.

One of the books, “Babar’s Travels,” was removed from the shelves of a British library in 2012 because of its alleged stereotypes of Africans. Critics also have faulted the “Curious George” books for their premise of a white man bringing home a monkey from Africa.

And Laura Ingalls Wilder’s portrayals of Native Americans in her “Little House On the Prairie” novels have been faulted so often that the American Library Association removed her name in 2018 from a lifetime achievement award it gives out each year. The association still gives out the Geisel Award for “the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.”

March 2, 2021. Tags: , , , , , . Books, Cancel culture, Political correctness, Racism, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

Chad Felix Greene: How Ryan Anderson’s Banned Book, ‘When Harry Became Sally,’ Helped Me With Gender Dysphoria

https://thefederalist.com/2021/03/01/how-ryan-andersons-banned-book-when-harry-became-sally-helped-me-with-gender-dysphoria/

How Ryan Anderson’s Banned Book, ‘When Harry Became Sally,’ Helped Me With Gender Dysphoria

People like me have gone years feeling alone and ignored by the popular discussion of gender identity. Backed by science, Ryan gives us hope and understanding.

By Chad Felix Greene

March 1, 2021

In July 2017, I took a risk and submitted an article to a publication that I respected and read frequently, hoping to provide conservatives a perspective they may not have viewed before. I wanted to address why suicide was so high among transgender people and ask questions about transition I hadn’t seen asked by mainstream LGBT sources.

I wanted to present my voice as a person who experienced gender dysphoria, pursued transition, then later found myself grateful I didn’t go through with it. So with nervousness, I sent the article to Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute.

I’d hoped for a positive reply, but I didn’t expect a response from Ryan T. Anderson, a conservative voice I had respected for a long time. He thanked me for sending my story. Ryan took a risk on me, an amateur writer, and offered me my first professional writing opportunity. He also published another personal story about my experience with gender dysphoria. Throughout both interactions, he was kind, generous with feedback and recommendations, and interested in what I had to say.

When his breakthrough book, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” was published, I excitedly downloaded it to my vast Audible library. To say his book was eye-opening is to provide a vague description. I had not heard the arguments he made before, nor read through the scientific research and other objective examinations of the condition and its effects the way Anderson presented it before. I also had not heard stories of other people who had gone through what I had until then.

I Thought I Was the Only One

I rarely discussed my gender dysphoria because I never transitioned, and I assumed something was unusual about me. I connected emotionally with most transgender stories right up until they began medical intervention and then I felt out of place and truly alone.

In many ways, I saw myself as a failure because the only transgender stories I encountered were those who accomplished what felt impossible for me. I was embarrassed to even bring up the topic because I didn’t want to have to answer the humiliating questions about why I stayed trapped in the “wrong” body all these years, or admit something inside me kept me from moving forward.

Anderson shared deep, rich stories by people just like me who did transition and then realized it was a mistake. Then they faced rebuilding the body and the identity they socially and medically altered in pursuit of some intangible goal of idealized gender.

Their understanding of discomfort in their bodies resonated loudly with me, even more than the initial concept of being transgender. I saw my struggle in their accomplishments, and I realized how truly grateful I was to have hesitated earlier in my life. When I wrote my story and sent it to Public Discourse, I thought it was unique because I hadn’t seen it before. I didn’t know I was among many friends.

I soon realized Ryan’s work offered me so much more than just a sense of personal validation in my journey. He also offered me answers. The book goes in-depth into the science behind biological sex and what we understand about the human body and how it functions.

Anderson moves through the development of a human fetus into brain development and what science tells us can affect that development. He answers the question, to the best of his ability and using the most pertinent science available, why the argument in favor of gender identity over biology is flawed.

The arguments he makes are positioned within the compassionate and empathetic interest of a scientist trying to understand what is causing a person so much pain and what can truly be done to relieve it. Without ever dismissing the experience of the transgender person, he asks the important question, one I struggled with for years, of whether a medical transition is genuinely the best option to alleviate gender dysphoria and all the pain and suffering associated with it. He bravely challenges the arguments supporting pro-transgender therapy in children and imbues the reader with the information necessary to understand why.

The Left Is on a Book-banning Crusade

For years I have championed this book to those interested in fully understanding the transgender movement, its arguments, and how to challenge them on the science, especially regarding public policy. When I saw that Amazon had removed Anderson’s book without so much as leaving the listing, complete with its history of valuable commentary from other readers, my heart sank. When I found out that LGBT activists were cheering on the decision, I sighed with frustrated disappointment.

Anderson’s “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” is not an anti-LGBT or anti-transgender work. Ryan is not anti-LGBT, and he was never dismissive or cruel to transgender people. His work is certainly a far cry from anything resembling “hate speech.”

Like Abigail Shrier’s, “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters” and Dr. Debra Soh’s, “The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths About Sex and Identity in Our Society,” also targeted by LGBT activists for banning, Anderson’s book asks necessary questions that deserve to be given fair consideration and debated, not restricted from public view.

For people like me who may have gone years feeling alone and completely ignored by the popular discussion of gender identity, Ryan’s book gives us hope and understanding of ourselves and the options we have for our future.

That, in its simplest form, is the best argument for keeping this book and others like it available for people to consider and decide for themselves how to respond. Instead, LGBT activists seem to feel entitled to decide what information we should have access to so that we only make the choices they believe are best for us.

We live in an era of absolute human potential and knowledge. We have access to information and ideas beyond anything most people who ever lived could have dreamed possible, yet we find ourselves restricted by powerful, ideological Puritans who believe this freedom is dangerous. I hope that Amazon corrects this mistake before it causes further damage to the free ability to decide for yourself what you want to believe.

You can purchase Ryan’s book, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” directly from the publisher, Encounter Books.

March 1, 2021. Tags: , , , , , , , . Books, Cancel culture, LGBT, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Best-Selling Controversial Book on Transgender People Removed From Amazon 3 Years After Publication

https://www.newsweek.com/best-selling-controversial-book-transgender-people-removed-amazon-3-years-after-publication-1571087

Best-Selling Controversial Book on Transgender People Removed From Amazon 3 Years After Publication

By Katherine Fung

February 22, 2021

Ryan Anderson’s When Harry Became Sally was removed from Amazon’s cyber shelves Sunday, three years after the controversial best-seller was published on February 20, 2018.

Anderson told Newsweek that he discovered that his book had vanished from Amazon—as well as the company’s e-reader Kindle, podcast service Audible and used-book sellers—when someone looking to buy a copy informed the author. He said that neither he nor his publisher were notified by Amazon.

In 2018, the book hit No. 1 on two of Amazon’s best-seller list before it was even released, but sparked controversy for arguing that society’s growing acceptance of transgender people stems more from ideology than science.

“We need to respect the dignity of people who identify as transgender,” Anderson argued in the book, “but without encouraging children to undergo experimental transition treatments, and without trampling on the needs and interests of others.”

While the book was well-received by conservatives, LGBTQ activists have dismissed the book as anti-trans and “dangerous.”

“People who have actually read my book discovered that it was a thoughtful and accessible presentation of the state of the scientific, medical, philosophical and legal debates,” Anderson told Newsweek. “Yes, it advances an argument from a certain viewpoint. No, it didn’t get any facts wrong, and it didn’t engage in any name-calling.”

He argues that the book’s research is more important than ever before given the recent push for trans policies from the new Biden administration.

“Three years after publication, in the very same week that the House of Representatives is going to ram through a radical transgender bill amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Amazon erases my book opposing gender ideology from their cyber shelves,” Anderson wrote to Newsweek. “Make no mistake, both Big Government and Big Tech can undermine human dignity and liberty, human flourishing and the common good.”

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden undid a host of Trump-era policies and issued a sweeping executive order, protecting gay and transgender people from discrimination in schools, the workplace, health care among other facets of daily life.

“Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports,” Biden’s executive order stated. “Adults should be able to earn a living and pursue a vocation knowing that they will not be fired, demoted, or mistreated because of whom they go home to or because how they dress does not conform to sex-based stereotypes. People should be able to access health care and secure a roof over their heads without being subjected to sex discrimination.”

Days later, Biden also reversed former President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Equality Act this week after Democratic Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island reintroduced the LGBTQ rights bill last week.

The Equality Act would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces, public funding and jury service.

While it passed the House in 2019 after eight GOP lawmakers broke party ranks in a historic vote, the bill was stalled in the then-Republican-controlled Senate. But sponsors of the bill are hopeful that it could pass now that the Senate is split 50–50.

Anderson said that although his book has been praised by a number of psychology experts “none of that matters. It’s not about how you say it, it’s not about how rigorously you argue it, it’s not about how charitably you present it. It’s about whether you dissent from a new orthodoxy.”

He said his publisher has since contacted Amazon to inquire about the grounds for removal but has not received a response.

Amazon also declined Newsweek’s request for comment, although a spokesperson referred to the company’s content guidelines, which removes books that include illegal or infringing content, offensive content, poor customer experience or public domain content.

“We don’t sell certain content including content that we determine is hate speech, promotes the abuse or sexual exploitation of children, contains pornography, glorifies rape or pedophilia, advocates terrorism, or other material we deem inappropriate or offensive,” Amazon’s guidelines read.

However, it remains unclear as to why Anderson’s book has been removed by the online retailer.

February 25, 2021. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Books, Cancel culture, Health care, LGBT, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Amazon update #8: The Liberty Daily mentioned my situation for the second time. This time, they titled it, “Amazon Claims They Banned Anti-Obama Book Because Author Who Wrote it Somehow Doesn’t Own Copyright to Book He Wrote.”

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

August 23, 2020

You can read my original post about this, and see links to my first seven updates, at After selling more than 1,500 copies of my first Obama e-book over the past four years, amazon has withdrawn it from sale, and refuses to explain why

And now, on with my eighth update:

The Liberty Daily just posted a link to one of my blog entries. This is the second time that they have done this. (You can read about the first time here.)

This time, The Liberty Daily used these words when they linked to my blog:

“Amazon Claims They Banned Anti-Obama Book Because Author Who Wrote it Somehow Doesn’t Own Copyright to Book He Wrote”

Here is a link to the internet archive of The Liberty Daily with a link to my blog:

https://web.archive.org/web/20200822210807/https://thelibertydaily.com/

And here is a screenshot from it:

This is my blog post that they linked to: Amazon update #7: Amazon is now saying the reason they banned my anti-Obama book is because I don’t own the copyright to my book which I wrote

Here is the current home page for The Liberty Daily. It’s a great website, and I recommend it: https://thelibertydaily.com/

August 23, 2020. Tags: , . Books, Cancel culture. Leave a comment.

Amazon update #7: Amazon is now saying the reason they banned my anti-Obama book is because I don’t own the copyright to my book which I wrote

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

August 22, 2020

You can read my original post about this, and see links to my first six updates, at After selling more than 1,500 copies of my first Obama e-book over the past four years, amazon has withdrawn it from sale, and refuses to explain why

And now, on with my seventh update:

I recently received the following email from amazon. The bolding is mine:

Kindle Direct Publishing
Wed 8/19/2020 1:06 PM

Hello,

We discovered territory selections are preventing the following book(s) from being available in any Amazon marketplace:

The Least Transparent Administration in History by Daniel Alman (ID: PRI-YVE214K3B8S)
In order to publish the book(s), please take one of the following actions on your territory selections:

Option 1: Public Domain Titles
1. Review your selected territories to ensure they’re correct, make any necessary updates
2. Resubmit your book(s) for publishing
3. Reply to kindlecontent-review@amazon.com with the following information:

Original work information:
1. Author name(s) (all):
2. Author date(s) of death (all):
3. Initial publication date:
4. Initial publication country:
5. Website link(s) to confirm:

If the book is translated, provide the requested information for both the original and translated work.

If your title(s) isn’t in the public domain in the selected territories, please reply to kindlecontent-review@amazon.com with valid written documentation showing you have the right to publish the book(s) in all selected territories.

Option 2: Titles under Copyright
1. Review your selected territories to ensure they’re correct, make any necessary updates
2. Resubmit your book(s) for publishing

If your territory selections are already correct, please reply to kindlecontent-review@amazon.com after resubmitting your book(s) to confirm the selection.

Important note about European Union (EU) availability:
For European Union sales, in order for a KDP paperback title to be available in one European Union country, you must make the book(s) available in all European Union countries.

If your book(s) is not in the public domain, or you don’t have publishing rights in any one of those countries, then none of the European Union countries should be selected as territories.

For a list of European Union countries, visit Help:
https://kdp.amazon.com/help/topic/G201834280

If you have questions or believe you’ve received this email in error, please email us at kindlecontent-review@amazon.com.

Thanks for using Amazon KDP.

That bolded part is very peculiar, because when I originally published the book more than four years ago, I told them that I was the author, and that I owned the copyright. Since then, the book has sold more than 1,500 copies.

But now, all of a sudden, after more than four years, and after selling more than 1,500 copies, they have decided that I no longer own the copyright to my book which I wrote.

I responded to them with the following:

August 19, 2020

amazon KDP

I own the copyright because I am the author.

All of the territories are correct.

Daniel Alman

However, my book is still banned.

August 22, 2020. Tags: , . Books, Cancel culture. 3 comments.

Amazon update #6: The Liberty Daily mentioned my situation. They titled it, “Amazon Bans Anti-Obama Book, Gives Bogus Reason.”

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

August 16, 2020

You can read my original post about this, and see links to my first five updates, at After selling more than 1,500 copies of my first Obama e-book over the past four years, amazon has withdrawn it from sale, and refuses to explain why

And now, on with my sixth update:

The Liberty Daily just posted a link to one of my blog entries.

The Liberty Daily used these words when they linked to my blog:

“Amazon Bans Anti-Obama Book, Gives Bogus Reason”

Here is a link to the internet archive of The Liberty Daily with a link to my blog:

https://web.archive.org/web/20200816000907/https://thelibertydaily.com/

And here is a screenshot from it:

This is my blog post that they linked to: Amazon update #5: Amazon is now saying the reason they banned my anti-Obama book is because I don’t own the rights to the public domain photograph of Obama that I used on the book’s cover

Here is the current home page for The Liberty Daily. It’s a great website, and I recommend it: https://thelibertydaily.com/

 

August 16, 2020. Tags: , , , . Books, Cancel culture. Leave a comment.

Amazon update #5: Amazon is now saying the reason they banned my anti-Obama book is because I don’t own the rights to the public domain photograph of Obama that I used on the book’s cover

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

August 14, 2020

You can read my original post about this, and see links to my first four updates, at After selling more than 1,500 copies of my first Obama e-book over the past four years, amazon has withdrawn it from sale, and refuses to explain why

And now, on with my fifth update:

Amazon recently sent me this email. The bolding is mine:

Amazon.com

Thu 8/13/2020 11:59 AM
 

Amazon.com
Message From Customer Service
Hello,

It has come to our attention that the following book(s) may include one or more images on your book’s cover for which you may not have the necessary rights:

B08F5FLLDX
1724180355

We’ve made these books unavailable for sale. To make your books eligible for sale, please complete one of the following actions:

1. Provide written documentation that proves you have the right to include all images in the book(s) listed above. An example is a signed contract or signed written statement from the photographer or other copyright holder granting you the right to use the image

2. If you do not hold rights to one or more images in the book(s) listed above, remove those images from the cover and resubmit your book(s) for publication

For details on updating your cover image and resubmitting, check our Help
https://kdp.amazon.com/help/topic/G200965970

Please take one of the above actions and respond to kindlecontent-review@amazon.com within 5 days and include the book title and ID for each book listed in your reply.

We take violations of intellectual property rights very seriously. The submission of cover image that violates copyright is a violation of our agreement and may lead to suspension or termination of your account, among other things such as access to optional services being revoked. Please ensure that you own sufficient rights to all content that you publish on Amazon.

Regards,
Amazon KDP

Best regards,
Vanessa

Amazon.com

The reason that that email cites two catalog numbers instead of one is because they are now banning both the paperback version and the kindle version.

This is the first time that they have ever banned the paperback version. All previous bans only applied to the kindle version.

The Kindle version that they are referring to in that email is the new one that I published, after amazon repeatedly refused to answer my questions about why they banned my first Kindle version.

I responded to this new email by telling amazon that the photograph is in the public domain, and I provided proof for this. This is what I wrote:

August 13, 2020

The cover image is in the public domain.

Here’s proof:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:President_Barack_Obama.jpg

“This file is a work of an employee of the Executive Office of the President of the United States, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, it is in the public domain.”

Title of book and e-book: The Least Transparent Administration in History: 1,375 well sourced examples of Barack Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc.

Author of book and e-book: Daniel Alman

B08F5FLLDX
1724180355

Daniel Alman

Amazon then responded with the following:

Amazon.com
Thu 8/13/2020 2:10 PM
 
Hello,

Thank you for responding to our request to confirm you hold the necessary rights to one or more images on your book(s) cover. The information you submitted for the book(s) is insufficient.

The Least Transparent Administration in History: 1,375 examples of Barack Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc. Alman, Daniel (AUTHOR), ID: 36161024

Your book(s) will continue to be unavailable for sale. To make your book(s) eligible for sale, please complete one of the following actions:

1. Provide written documentation that proves you have the right to include all images in the book(s) listed above. An example is a signed contract or signed written statement from the photographer or other copyright holder granting you the right to use the image

2. If you do not hold rights to one or more images in the book(s) listed above, remove those images from the cover and resubmit your book(s) for publication

For details on updating your cover image and resubmitting, check our Help:
https://kdp.amazon.com/help/topic/G200965970

Please take one of the above actions and respond to kindlecontent-review@amazon.com within 5 days and include the book title and ID for each book listed in your reply.

As a reminder, any additional violation of our Terms and Conditions could result in account level actions such as suspension and/or termination of your KDP account.

You can review our Terms and Conditions here:
https://kdp.amazon.com/help/topic/G200627430

Best regards,

Charlie V.
http://www.amazon.com

I then responded with this very simple request:

August 13, 2020

amazon,

Please ask one of your lawyers to explain to me why I am not allowed to use a public domain image for my book cover.

Thank you.

Daniel Alman

Amazon never answered that request.

I don’t have a law degree, but even I know that when a photograph is in the public domain, it means that anyone is allowed to use that photograph.

That being said, I uploaded new versions of both the paperback and Kindle versions, which did not include the photograph.

However, even those new versions are not available for sale.

For the record, this is the photograph in question:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:President_Barack_Obama.jpg

This file is a work of an employee of the Executive Office of the President of the United States, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, it is in the public domain.

 

August 14, 2020. Tags: , . Books, Cancel culture. 5 comments.

Amazon update #4: I have published a new version of my first Obama e-book, because amazon suppressed the sale of the original, and would not tell me why

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

August 3, 2020

You can read my original post about this, and see links to my first three updates, at After selling more than 1,500 copies of my first Obama e-book over the past four years, amazon has withdrawn it from sale, and refuses to explain why

And now, on with my fourth update:

I have just published a new version of my first Obama e-book, because amazon suppressed the sale of the original, and would not tell me why.

The new version is available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08F5FLLDX

The old version, which is suppressed from sale, is at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E4U36NE

 

August 3, 2020. Tags: , . Books, Cancel culture. Leave a comment.

Amazon update #3: This is amazon’s 10th non-answer to my question of why have they suppressed the sale of my first anti-Obama e-book, after it had already sold more than 1,500 copies during the past four years. This time, I busted the myth that you get better customer service if you contact them at Jeff@amazon.com

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

August 2, 2020

This new post is my third update to a previous post that I made.

This is my original post: After selling more than 1,500 copies of my first Obama e-book over the past four years, amazon has withdrawn it from sale, and refuses to explain why

And this is the first update: Update: These are amazon’s eight different non-answers to my question of why have they suppressed the sale of my first anti-Obama e-book, after it had already sold more than 1,500 copies during the past four years

And this is the second update: Update #2: This is amazon’s ninth non-answer to my question of why have they suppressed the sale of my first anti-Obama e-book, after it had already sold more than 1,500 copies during the past four years. This time, they asked me what my name is!

And now, on with my third update.

Once again, I asked amazon why they suppressed the sale of my e-book.

This time, I sent my question to Jeff@amazon.com because I read online that amazon gives better customer service if you contact them at that email address. This is the first time that I have ever contacted them at that email address.

This is how they responded. This is their 10th non-answer. The bolding is mine:

Mon 7/27/2020 8:56 AM

Hello Daniel,

My name is Nikki Leena with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Executive Customer Relations. Jeff Bezos received your email, and I’m responding on his behalf.

I’m sorry for the inconvenience and the experience with our support team. I’m reaching out to Kindle Content Quality team regarding the status of your book, “1,375 well sourced examples of Barack Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc.”

I’ll reply and send you more information as soon as I hear from them.

Best regards,

Nikki Leena
Executive Customer Relations
Amazon Author Central

At first, I thought this was a huge improvement over the previous nine responses, for the two following reasons:

First, this person used their full name, instead of just their first name. This is the first time that anyone from amazon has done that.

And secondly, this customer service employee said that my email had been sent to Jeff Bezos, the founder of amazon.

So, for those two reasons, it seemed like things were going better this time.

On the other hand, this response had two of the same problems that existed with each and every one of their nine previous responses:

First of all, the person did not answer my question about why the sale of my e-book was suppressed.

And secondly, this person promised that someone else would answer my question in the future.

But it’s now been a full business week since amazon sent me that e-mail, and no one has gotten back to me or answered my question.

Therefore, I have busted the myth that amazon gives better customer service if you contact them at Jeff@amazon.com

August 2, 2020. Tags: , . Books, Cancel culture. Leave a comment.

Update #2: This is amazon’s ninth non-answer to my question of why have they suppressed the sale of my first anti-Obama e-book, after it had already sold more than 1,500 copies during the past four years. This time, they asked me what my name is!

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

July 26, 2020

This new post is my second update to a previous post that I made.

This is my original post: After selling more than 1,500 copies of my first Obama e-book over the past four years, amazon has withdrawn it from sale, and refuses to explain why

And this is the first update: Update: These are amazon’s eight different non-answers to my question of why have they suppressed the sale of my first anti-Obama e-book, after it had already sold more than 1,500 copies during the past four years

And now, on with my second update.

Once again, I asked amazon why they suppressed the sale of my book.

This is their ninth non-answer. The bolding is mine:

Sat 7/25/2020 2:48 PM

Hello,

In order to address your concerns, we will need some additional information. Please respond to this message and provide us with your book’s title, author’s name and ASIN. When we hear back, we will be glad to investigate this issue further.

Best regards,

Thanks for using Amazon KDP

Best regards,

Bobby T

First of all, as is always the case in all nine of their non-answers, they did not answer my question.

Secondly, as is also always the case in all nine of their non-answers, they promise to answer my question at some future time.

Third, as is also always the case in all nine of their non-answers, this non-answer was written by a different, unique person.

But fourth – and this is a brand new thing that never happened in any of their eight previous non-answers – they asked me for my name, as well as for the name of my book.

And I had thought their non-answers couldn’t get any dumber after the first eight. Boy was I wrong.

This is how I responded to their ninth non-answer:

I have already given this information to you at least nine different times.

Why are you asking for it again?

Title: 1,375 well sourced examples of Barack Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc.

Author: Daniel Alman

ASIN: B01E4U36NE

Why has the sale of my book been suppressed?

Why are you the ninth different person to respond to me, without any of the nine people actually answering my question?

Why are you giving such horrible, terrible customer service?

Daniel Alman

 

July 26, 2020. Tags: , . Books, Cancel culture. 1 comment.

Update: These are amazon’s eight different non-answers to my question of why have they suppressed the sale of my first anti-Obama e-book, after it had already sold more than 1,500 copies during the past four years

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

July 25, 2020

This is an update to a previous post that I made, which you can read here: After selling more than 1,500 copies of my first Obama e-book over the past four years, amazon has withdrawn it from sale, and refuses to explain why

After I asked amazon why they withdrew the sale of my e-book, they responded with a non-answer. So I asked them again, and they responded with another non-answer.

This cycle has gone on eight different times now, and they have given me a total of eight different non-answers.

And each of these eight different non-answers was written by a different, unique person.

This is their first-non-answer. The bolding is mine:

Wed 7/22/2020 3:18 PM
 
Good afternoon Daniel,

I hope you are doing well! Thank you for contacting Kindle Direct Publishing.

First of all, thank you for calling attention to this fact! I’m happy to help with your inquiry.

In this case, I can see you published the book again today, so, let me inform you your book is with the status “Updates publishing “, that means it can take up to 72 hours for the changes to display or become functional on the site. Meanwhile, the previous version of your title is live and available for purchase in the Kindle Store.

If the books is not available after the 72 hrs, please let us know so we can ask our technical team for advice.

In advance, I really appreciate your comprehension, I remain in the best disposition for any additional requests you may have.

Thanks for being part of Amazon KDP

Regards,

Roberth H
Kindle Direct Publishing

First of all, that bolded part is a lie. The e-book was not available for sale at that time.

Secondly, they did not answer my question about why the sale of my book was suppressed.

So I asked them again. This is their second non-answer. As always, the bolding is mine:

Wed 7/22/2020 11:49 PM

Hello Daniel,

Warm greetings from Kindle Direct Publishing!

Thank you for your prompt reply and for providing us those details.

Upon of checking our system, it seems that you title is not available for purchase since our Quality Team is reviewing some issues on your files.

In this case in order to get further information about the status of your eBook “1,375 well sourced examples of Barack Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc” (ASIN: B01E4U36NE), I will kindly recommend you to communicate directly with our Quality Team through your account by using the “Ask a Question” feature in your Quality Issues Dashboard. Our Quality team will review your question and respond within one to two business days.

In advance, I really appreciate all your patience, help and understanding on this matter. We remain in the best disposition for any additional requests you may have.

Thanks for being part of Amazon KDP

Regards,

Mary H.
Kindle Direct Publishing

First of all, I had already used their “ask a question” feature that this person recommended, but I did not get an answer “within one to two business days.”

Secondly, the person did not answer my question.

Third, the person who wrote this response is different than the person who wrote the first response.

So I asked them again. This is their third non-answer:

Thu 7/23/2020 7:11 AM
 
Hello,

I understand your concern with regards to the unavailability of your book, “1,375 well sourced examples of Barack Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc.” on Amazon.

I’ve reached out to our Technical team and requested them investigate about the unavailability of your book on Amazon and we’ll need some time to look into this. I apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause.

I’ll contact you with more information by the end of the day on “Monday, July 27”.

Thanks for your patience.

Regards,

Nid
Kindle Direct Publishing

First of all, just like with the other two non-answers, there is a promise for an answer in the future, but no answer in the actual letter.

And secondly, this response is from a completely different person than the other two.

So I again asked them why the sale of my e-book was suppressed. This is their fourth non-answer. This one is my favorite of all eight so far, because the writer desperately tries to hide their non-answer behind what is basically nothing but a bunch of gibberish and doublespeak:

Thu 7/23/2020 3:18 PM
 
Hello,

I’m sorry for any delay this has caused.

I have checked the progress on the issue raised and it looks like it is being investigated.

I’ve escalated and also emphasized the urgency of this matter and verified this issue is prioritized to be resolved as quickly as possible.

Thanks for your understanding and continued support. We will remain at your disposition for further assistance.

Regards,

Singh
Kindle Direct Publishing

First of all, look at all the big words they used to try to hide the fact that they weren’t actually answering my question.

Secondly, this is now four different people who have each given me a different non-answer. They sure are putting a lot of effort into not answering my simple question.

I asked them again. This is their fifth non-answer. In this case, I have redacted the name of the book, because the book that this person cited is not my book. Instead, it is someone else’s book, and I don’t want to draw attention to that other person:

Thu 7/23/2020 7:25 PM
 
Hello,

I apologize for the inconvenience you had regarding the availability of your book (name of book redacted)

I checked and see that one of my colleague working with our technical team regarding this issue. I’ve forwarded your concern to him.

He’ll get back to you with more information as soon as possible.

I appreciate your patience in this regard.

Regards,

Aravind
Kindle Direct Publishing

First of all, like I said, the book that this person cites is not my book.

Secondly, as with the other cases, they do not answer my question, but they do promise that my question will be answered in the future.

And third, this is the fifth different person out of five different non-answers.

This time I contacted them and told them that this was not my book. This is their response. And again, I have redacted the name of the book that is not mine:

Thu 7/23/2020 11:45 PM
 
Hello Daniel,

I hope this email finds you well.

I understand that you’re concerned about the mistake my colleague Aravind made as you’ve never written a book called (name of book redacted)

I’m sorry for the mistake my colleague made, I did notice that one of our agents, Nid, is currently handling the case for your book “1,375 well sourced examples of Barack Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc.” I’ve went ahead and let my colleague know you’ve contacted once again.

I hope this information was helpful.

Thanks again for your interest in Amazon KDP. I remain in the best of dispositions for any additional inquires you may have.

Regards,

Elliot A.
Kindle Direct Publishing

First of all, they still don’t answer my question.

Secondly, they give me another bogus promise that they will answer my question in the future.

And third, this is the sixth different person out of six different non-responses.

So again, I asked them why the sale of my e-book has been suppressed. This is their seventh non-answer:

Fri 7/24/2020 9:52 AM
 
Hello Daniel,

Thanks for letting us know you have updated a revised version of your eBook:”1,375 well sourced examples of Barack Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc”.

I see there’s a coworker working with our Quality team to get this resolved. I’ve shared your question so you’ll receive an update on that as soon as possible.

In case you want to communicate directly with our Quality team, use the “Ask a Question” feature in your Quality Issues Dashboard. Our Quality team will review your question and respond within one to two business days.

Thanks for your patience.

Regards,

Gabriel
Kindle Direct Publishing

First of all, as always, they don’t answer my question.

Second of all, as always, they promise that my question will be answered at some point in the future.

Third, they tell me to use their “ask a question” feature in the dashboard, and that they will answer “within one to two business days.” But I have already used the “ask a question” dashboard feature several times, but they have never answered my question.

And fourth, this is the seventh different person out of the seven non-answers that they have given me. They sure are putting a huge amount of effort into trying to hide the fact that they are not actually answering my question.

I asked them again, and this is their eighth non-answer:

Fri 7/24/2020 3:44 PM

Hello Daniel,

I’ve your previous correspondences and I’m sorry for the delay it is taking in resolving your eBook’s availability issue due to quality suppression.
 
I’m seeing that my colleague, Nid, is still in touch with our technidal team to confirm this issue for you. I’ve notified him to provide you a status update and he will get back with more information at the earliest.
 
Thanks for your understanding in this regard.

Regards,

Siyam
Kindle Direct Publishing

First of all, once again, they do not answer my question.

Second of all, once again, they promise that my question will be answered in the future.

And third, they have now had eight different people for their eight different non-answers.

July 25, 2020. Tags: , . Books, Cancel culture. Leave a comment.

After selling more than 1,500 copies of my first Obama e-book over the past four years, amazon has withdrawn it from sale, and refuses to explain why

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

July 23, 2020

Note from Daniel Alman: I have written an update to this post, which you can read at Update: These are amazon’s eight different non-answers to my question of why have they suppressed the sale of my first anti-Obama e-book, after it had already sold more than 1,500 copies during the past four years

Note from Daniel Alman: I have written a second update to this post, which you can read at Update #2: This is amazon’s ninth non-answer to my question of why have they suppressed the sale of my first anti-Obama e-book, after it had already sold more than 1,500 copies during the past four years. This time, they asked me what my name is!

Note from Daniel Alman: I have written a third update to this post, which you can read at Amazon update #3: This is amazon’s 10th non-answer to my question of why have they suppressed the sale of my first anti-Obama e-book, after it had already sold more than 1,500 copies during the past four years. This time, I busted the myth that you get better customer service if you contact them at Jeff@amazon.com

Note from Daniel Alman: I have written a fourth update to this post, which you can read at Amazon update #4: I have published a new version of my first Obama e-book, because amazon suppressed the sale of the original, and would not tell me why

Note from Daniel Alman: I have written a fifth update to this post, which you can read at Amazon update #5: Amazon is now saying the reason they banned my anti-Obama book is because I don’t own the rights to the public domain photograph of Obama that I used on the book’s cover

Note from Daniel Alman: I have written a sixth update to this post, which you can read at Amazon update #6: The Liberty Daily mentioned my situation. They titled it, “Amazon Bans Anti-Obama Book, Gives Bogus Reason.”

Note from Daniel Alman: I have written a seventh update to this post, which you can read at Amazon update #7: Amazon is now saying the reason they banned my anti-Obama book is because I don’t own the copyright to my book which I wrote

Note from Daniel Alman: I have written an eighth update to this post, which you can read at Amazon update #8: The Liberty Daily mentioned my situation for the second time. This time, they titled it, “Amazon Claims They Banned Anti-Obama Book Because Author Who Wrote it Somehow Doesn’t Own Copyright to Book He Wrote.”

More than four years ago, I self-published my first e-book at amazon, and since then, it has sold more than 1,500 copies.

The e-book is called, “1,375 well sourced examples of Barack Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc.”

This is the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E4U36NE

Recently, amazon removed the e-book from sale, and told me it was because a few links in my text had gone dead, there were a few typos, and an image inside the e-book did not meet their standards.

In response to this, I replaced the dead links with links that worked, I fixed the typos, and I uploaded the new version.

I also told amazon that there were no images inside the e-book, so their claim about an image inside the e-book not meeting their standards was not a legitimate claim. (There is a cover image, but that was approved years ago.)

On July 19, 2020, they sent me an email which said the new version of my e-book was approved, and was currently available for sale.

But it was not available for sale. It was still suppressed.

So I re-uploaded the new version again a few days later.

And again, on July 22, 2020, they sent me an email which said it was approved, and was currently available for sale.

But again, it is still not available. It is still suppressed.

Here’s a screenshot from the e-books’s product page, which says:

“This title is not currently available for purchase”

And here’s a screenshot from the e-book’s product page, which says the e-book is:

“under review”

Here’s a link to the internet archive, which proves that those two screenshots are real, and that the sale of my e-book was suppressed as of July 23, 2020:

https://web.archive.org/web/20200723062818/https://www.amazon.com/examples-lawbreaking-corruption-cronyism-hypocrisy-ebook/dp/B01E4U36NE/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=obama+1%2C375&qid=1595485662&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

So I contacted amazon again, and they said there were a few current issues that I needed to fix, and that I could see these issues at my quality dashboard.

But when I looked at my quality dashboard, it said there were zero current issues.

Here’s a screenshot from my quality dashboard, which says:

“Under review by Amazon 0 issues in 0 books”

So amazon lied to me when they said the text of my e-book had an image which did not meet their standards.

And they lied to me when they said my e-book was currently available for sale.

And they lied to me when they again said my e-book was currently available for sale.

And they lied to me when they said there were current issues which I could see in my quality dashboard.

I have to wonder why amazon has suppressed my e-book, and why they keep lying to me about it.

July 23, 2020. Tags: , . Books, Cancel culture. Leave a comment.

My newest book is called “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants to Stop Cows from Farting”

My newest book is called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants to Stop Cows from Farting.

That title is not a joke. Ocasio-Cortez really does want to stop cows from farting. She said so on her official Congressional website, as well as in a document which she gave to NPR.

This book is not a joke book. Instead, it presents a serious discussion of Ocasio-Cortez’s policy proposals.

In July 2018, DNC Chairman Tom Perez said that Ocasio-Cortez “represents the future of our party.”

This book shows you that future by quoting Ocasio-Cortez in her own words.

The book’s author also presents his own opinions about Ocasio-Cortez’s policy proposals.

Here are the chapter titles to give you an idea of what’s in the book:

Chapter 1: U.S. Population

Chapter 2: Unemployment rate

Chapter 3: Upper middle class

Chapter 4: Cow farts and airplanes

Chapter 5: Unwilling to work

Chapter 6: Private ownership and profits

Chapter 7: Billionaires

Chapter 8: Military budget

Chapter 9: False accusation of catcalling

Chapter 10: False accusation of mansplaining

Chapter 11: Funeral expenses

Chapter 12: Linda Sarsour

Chapter 13: Nuclear power

Chapter 14: Banning reporters

Chapter 15: Judiciary

Chapter 16: House Ehtics rules

Chapter 17: The end of the world

Chapter 18: Raising taxes on the rich

Chapter 19: Uber

Chapter 20: Republicans and typos

You can buy the paperback version at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1796936030

You can buy the amazon kindle version at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NRL9ZM8

Here’s the cover:

February 15, 2019. Tags: , , , , . Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Books, Economics, Environmentalism. 2 comments.

Aaron Clarey talks about my new book

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlOsUBB8cpU

November 26, 2018. Tags: , , , , . Barack Obama, Books. Leave a comment.

My new Obama book is arranged by chapters instead of a long list

My new Obama book is arranged by chapters instead of a long list.

It’s called Barack Obama Is Afraid of Sharyl Attkisson: The definitive guide to the shenanigans of America’s 44th president.

Here are the chapter names to help give you an idea of what’s in the book:

Chapter 1: Trying to silence the media

Chapter 2: Less transparent than Nixon

Chapter 3: Sharyl Attkisson

Chapter 4: James Rosen

Chapter 5: IRS Scandal

Chapter 6: Fast and Furious

Chapter 7: Bill Ayers

Chapter 8: Medical marijuana

Chapter 9: Firefighters

Chapter 10: Air-traffic controllers

Chapter 11: Democrats criticize Obamacare

Chapter 12: Unions criticize Obamacare

Chapter 13: No, you can’t keep your insurance

Chapter 14: Obamacare’s 29 hour work week

Chapter 15: Benghazi

Chapter 16: Dinesh D’Souza

Chapter 17: If Obama had a son

Chapter 18: Wasting the taxpayers’ money

Chapter 19: Military

Chapter 20: Teachers and police officers

Chapter 21: Solyndra

Chapter 22: Voter ID

Chapter 23: Education

Chapter 24: Sharia law and Islamic terrorism

Chapter 25: Civil liberties

Chapter 26: Hillary Clinton

Chapter 27: Iran

Chapter 28: Obama Motors

Chapter 29: Supermarkets

Chapter 30: Miscellaneous

You can buy the paperback version at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1730800769.

You can buy the amazon kindle version at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K53ZN9F.


November 3, 2018. Tags: , , . Barack Obama, Books. Leave a comment.

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