Robin DiAngelo’s new book sold fewer than 3,500 copies in its first week, suggesting that people are tired of the sort of racial lectures that sold one million copies of her earlier “White Privilege.”
Yet the New York Times placed it on its new “Best Sellers” list, which the week prior entirely omitted Daily Wire host Michael Knowles’ book on censorship, “Speechless,” despite selling 18,000 copies in a week.
Knowles’ book was absent from the NYT nonfiction list again in the new installment, covering the week ending July 3, even though comprehensive data from industry tracker NPD BookScan, and used by Publishers Weekly, showed that it sold more than 6,500 copies during that time period, which was the book’s second week.
That is about double DiAngelo’s figure, even though debut weeks include all pre-sales and are typically a book’s best week. However, “White Fragility’s” mammoth sales could be attributed partly to institutions making the book mandatory reading for teachers, college students and