Black-owned bookstore speaks out after receiving 'disheartening' emails from customers

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

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