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 . . .