UPDATE: Please see comments below from my brother, Andrew. He’s right that I’ve been unfair to Scott Drawe. The story by CBS2, however, is still crap.
Check out this recent news story from a CBS affiliate in Chicago:
The basic story is that there’s a sub-genre of literature called “Street Lit”, “Urban Lit”, or “Gansta Lit” that is marketed to young black adults. The story seems to try to make it SCARY that such books are available in bookstores and (*gasp!*) LIBRARIES.
About halfway through the video, Scott Drawe of the Chicago Public Library says he has concerns about “the influence it could have.”
“The street problems, the prostitution….um…some of the glamorousness that these books try to promote.”
For pete’s sake! There are thousands of books in the Chicago Public Library that glamorize unhealthy/illegal behaviors! Why pick on this sub-genre?
Is anyone else annoyed with Scott Drawe?