Wednesday, March 14, 2018

TKC MUST SEE!!! MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY PROSPERO'S BOOKSTORE SUFFERS EPIC SOCIAL MEDIA PUSH BACK AFTER 'INDIGENOUS BOOKSTORE' STICKER OFFENDS PROGRESSIVE CUSTOMERS!!!



Last night a Kansas City book seller effectively made enemies out of allies with poorly worded marketing.

Accordingly . . .

HUNDREDS OF KANSAS CITY PROGRESSIVES AND ACTIVISTS REBUKE PROSPERO'S FOR A NEW STICKER TOUTING "KANSAS CITY'S INDIGENOUS BOOKSTORE' THAT SUBSEQUENTLY OFFENDED MOST OF THEIR CLIENTELE!!!

Here are just a few choice quotes directed at the purveyor of books and media . . .

"Confused by the choice of words. Are you claiming to be a Native American bookstore now with deep historical roots? Please get your money back from the person who dreamed up this sticker and from the person who authorized it, and try again."

Historical perspective . . .

"My concern is that you are just getting off on the controversy of all of it. And this itself is a marketing ploy...like burning books. Which is why I've never been much interested in being involved in your ventures."

^^^ Great memory on this commenter . . . More than 10 years ago the place staged a book burning stunt that garnered national publicity and a lot of local hate, word of mouth and discussion.

Out of hundreds, here's the best comment so far from Mark Manning that offers thoughtful perspective and insight into the controversy:

"The sticker seems to imply that Prospero’s is owned and operated by Native Americans. Is this truth in advertising? Do you think it’s a good slogan if it offends your customers? If we don’t work to help people use our language more fairly, what are we left with? We’re left with offensive speakers lacking empathy. All of those questioning the use of “indigenous” have offered their thoughts in an effort to help, to be fair, to treat real indigenous people with respect. There are so many words that would be more appropriate . . ."

For those who are wondering . . .

Yes, there are a lot of people talking boycott . . .

Sadly, there's no good outcome here . . . If Prospero's printed the stickers without knowing their language would offend, then after all of these years the management remains exceptionally insensitive and out of touch with most of their customers. However, if this was just an effort to troll their reader community and garner attention . . . Then it's a new low for the biz and a cynical ploy that might actually deserve even more rebuke.

You decide . . .

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think what's worse than a boycott is all of the people who just don't want to go there anymore because of a stunt like this one.

read at least two dozen comments from people who said they were done with the place. that's a shame because we need more book sellers in KC and places where people can meet to discuss ideas. Don't know why they would shoot themselves in the foot like this.

Anonymous said...

DEFINITELY gotta go grab one of those stickers now!

Anonymous said...

I would tell the snowflakes to get over it but the fact is that most of their biz is comprised of snowflakes. Ya gotta know your market.

Anonymous said...

Really surprised this place is open after all of these years. Good for them for keeping things exciting at least.

The haters need to get over it. It's a sticker, that is all. A shame to see people wanting to drive a business out of the community over a bad joke. Time for some common sense here.

Anonymous said...

I look at this and think who in the end really gives a fuck. Of all the things I have to worry about this ranks so far down on my list I'll never see it again in this lifetime.

Anonymous said...

Cultural appropriation!
Patriarchy!
Racism!
White privilege!
Intersectionality!
Oppression!
Hashtag and buzzword du jour!
You really can't make this stuff up.
To the barricades!!

Anonymous said...

It worked for Elizabeth Warren

Anonymous said...

Snowflake land had frozen over.

chuck said...

I wanna go there now and check the place out.

I spend money at Barnes and Noble frequently, so..., why not?

6:45 is right.

I will stop putting the hair on the sides of my head in cornrows if all other ethnic groups of people stop appropriating all of these white inventions.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/11/thank_a_white_male.html

Pro Tip, go fuck yourself.



Anonymous said...

As an intellectual and politically correct person I think I am supposed to act offended so everybody will know I’m intellectual and politically correct. My Prius will never be driven there again.

Anonymous said...

Look at all these triggered commentators! Snowflakes railing against snowflakes. Hilarious!

Anonymous said...

Mark Manning stated "If we don’t work to help people use our language more fairly, what are we left with?"

He needs to tell that to all of the social media outlets that are censoring one type of speech and allowing others.

Anonymous said...

It seems Al Capp's SWINE (Students Wildly Indignant About Nearly Everything) have struck again.

A quick look at synonyms for "indigenous" include the following:

native, original, aboriginal, autochthonous; local, domestic, homegrown; earliest, first

I'm sure Will meant local (as opposed to Barnes and Noble), so his use of "indigenous" is valid.

Mark, I love you, but with everything there is out there to get upset about, is this the best you can find?

Anonymous said...

Since when did "indigenous" become the trademarked property of Indians? I don't think even the Injuns are claiming that.

This is just another excuse for the easily offended to pretend that they're the paternalistic standard bearers for a group of folks that aren't offended at all.

Man . . . the stupidity of the present era is mind boggling.

Anonymous said...

Liberals are always looking for reasons to be offended.

Anonymous said...

It's just more liberal McCarthyism.

Anonymous said...

When liberals aren't mad at Trump, they're mad at each other

Anonymous said...

I'm offended that you're offended.

Anonymous said...

I'm outraged that your offended, so there!

Anonymous said...

Repubtards getting offended that liberals are getting offended! Too stupid to see the irony in that!

Tracy Thomas said...

I was just in Tom's store ten days ago. He had zero customers, yet when I asked for books on Italy as well as Italian, he just mumbled and pointed. Guess he has not been to a Home Depot, where they now WALK you to the right area.

There is no organization to each shelf.

The other culture that is often praised as "indigenous" are the Aborigines of Australia. Maybe Tom is an Abo. Because his store was a cultural desert.

I won't be goin' back--waste of time. If you want to just browse a thousand books, better to invest your time in the library. My gals at the Shawnee Library look things up, reserve books and audio tapes, and walk me to the correct shelves. And unlike Prospero's, it's free.

Anonymous said...

There are no indigenous Americans. The ancestors of everyone in the Western Hemisphere came from somewhere else. Except for the small part of our DNA that is Neanderthal or Denisovan, every homo sapiens is indigenous only to Africa.

Lion King said...

So 8:54, should the City of KCMO raise taxes now to open a bookstore at 75th and Troost?

Indigeri-Do.

Or just one of those Leawood style Little Free Libraries?

Anonymous said...

Indigenous simply means the store originated in KC, unlike Amazon or chain bookstores. Perhaps, liberals should buy dictionaries.

Anonymous said...

Liberal cannibalism makes me laugh.

Anonymous said...

Students should have a walk-out protesting this sticker!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The liberal thought police are at it again. Prospero's should have a sale on dictionaries and Orwell's 1984.

Anonymous said...

I am so offended I think I will cut off my man-bun.

Anonymous said...

Indigenous means native, originally from. It does not just specifically mean Native American. It looks like the cultural despots have committed an etymological appropriation, perhaps they can invent a new language.

Anonymous said...

Muslim teen watched jihadi videos, read Koran for 'courage' before Florida sleepover stabbings, cops say.

Ban Muslim teens with knives! Walkout tomorrow.

A Florida teenager -- who had previously been investigated for "alleged violent tendencies" -- watched jihadist videos and read the Koran "to give him courage" before stabbing a 13-year-old boy to death and seriously injuring two others at a birthday sleepover Monday, cops said.

Anonymous said...

Great store!! I'll be going more often now!!!

chuck said...

Tracy for the win.

Anonymous said...

It appears that in Kansas City, the Left is eating the Left. What's hysterical is that bookstore employees love to be seen sporting a Che or Mao T-shirt and cringe when asked if they carry works by Ezra Pound or even Rudyard Kipling. That said, endless kudos to Tracy for promoting our public libraries.

Anonymous said...

como? en espanol, por favor.

Anonymous said...

I love the smell of leftists smearing each other in the morning.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I need to hook up with these protesters. My husband is a White European Straight Male, and I tell him all the time that he really needs to correct his situation. Yet he just sits there and does NOTHING about it! Maybe I can get him a sticker? hmmmmmm.......

Anonymous said...

"local" would have sufficed, so they must have been seeking to be either edgy or erudite.

Anonymous said...

American Indians are generally illiterate, so none will be insulted.

Anonymous said...

Here is the dumbest thing I have seen in years :


https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/13/schwarzenegger-says-he-wants-to-sue-global-oil-companies-for-first-degree-murder.html

Anonymous said...

Dictionaries are also found on I phones. Too lazy to look up a word?

Anonymous said...

What I decide is that this is just another lefty-looney snowflake reaction. For. Lord's. Sake. People. Please find a worthwhile cause and get behind it.

Bryan M. Stalder said...

Troll level 10,000.

Plus, howany of these snowflakes are going to vote for Elizabeth Warren and make up some dumbass excuse to explain away her exploitation of "indigenous" people, aka Indians.

Anonymous said...

Bryan, if Elizabeth Warren is Pocahontas, then Trump, whose family falsely claimed Swedish ancestry, must be Leif Erikson.

Anonymous said...

You liberal Fucktards really need to get a Fucking Life...you miserable people!!!

Anonymous said...

And this is why the democratic party is doomed and couldn't even organize enough of a voter turnout to defeat Trump. The party that was once the home of social freedom and progressive ideas is now the party of zealots on par with the worst of religious extremists.