Clarissa and Leonard Egerton,
who have owned and operated
frugal Bookstore for the past 12 years, .
say they have been inundated with orders for the same 10
titles over the past few weeks as rallies continue across the
U.S. in protest of systemic racism toward the Black community.
In an email sent to customers on June 22, the couple
wrote that while they understand customers
wanting to check in on the status of their orders, .
they still request to be treated with respect
as they work to deliver in-demand books that
have already “sold out nationally”.
“we are not the only Black-owned
bookstore receiving tremendous support
and thousands of orders for the same titles”.
“The publishers of the titles in demand had
to go to reprint which is taking some time
but they are beginning to trickle in to us”.
“We have hired a fulfillment company to assist us with
catching up, you will receive your orders,” the email ended.
“We humbly ask that you PLEASE bear with us. Thank you!”.
Twitter users were quick to point out the
hypocrisy of the customers vilifying two Black
business-owners over their slightly delayed service.
the same customers who were apparently seeking out
popular anti-racism literature in hopes of learning
to better advocate for the Black community.
Books about race relations in the United States and the
struggles of the Black community have been quickly selling
out following weeks of social unrest across the country