When The Washington Post puts a business closing on the front page, the reader might assume it’s a long-running D.C. chain. But on the front page Thursday, black reporters Hamil Harris and Lonnae O’Neal Parker lamented the demise of the small black bookstore chain Karibu Books, founded in Maryland with a pushcart...in 1993. (The story was headlined "Black Readers Are Jolted By A Chain's Demise.") But the Post reporters didn’t go beyond the black reader reaction. Apparently, the first store to close was in Pentagon City right after Christmas. I wandered into that store out of curiosity during Christmas shopping – and was a little bit shocked. Karibu was stocking anti-white hate.Staring out at me from a prominent bookshelf in front of the store was a book called "The Iceman Inheritance: Prehistoric Sources of Western Man’s Racism, Sexism, and Aggression." As Amazon.com reported the book’s self-described contents, author Michael Bradley "offers a persuasive argument that the white race, the Neanderthal-Caucasoids, are more aggressive than others because of ancient sexual maladaptation."Perhaps some would argue that a bookstore doesn’t endorse every book that it sells, but try finding white racist books in a chain bookstore. The Post account does hint (but only hint) late in the piece that Karibu was stuffed with black radical texts:
Dandrea James-Harris, an editorial assistant with Heart and Soul Magazine, said that when friends visit from her native Harlem, Karibu has always been a required stop. She carried Randall Robinson's "Quitting America" and Paul Robeson Jr.'s "A Black Way of Seeing."