Reporter Andy Ngo has a book out next month titled “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy.” KOIN 6 reports that over the weekend the usual suspects began agitating online when they learned that local independent bookseller Powell’s Books would be selling the book.
Twitter backlash appeared to start Sunday, and gained steam Monday morning, with users complaining Powell’s was “propagating racism and right-wing ideology” and supporting a “fascist gravy train book for a nazi-collaborating Portlander.”
Powell’s announced before noon Monday that Ngo’s book would not be placed on shelves, but would be available in the online catalogue.
Powell’s statement on Twitter tried to find some middle ground. On the one hand they suggested they shared the critics distaste for Ngo’s book and promised not to put it on shelves in their stores. On the other hand the also tried to make a principled argument for selling books that represent various perspectives: