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Sat Oct 12, 2019, 07:05 PM

Author cancels Savannah appearance after book burning incident at Georgia Southern's Statesboro

Author cancels Savannah appearance after book burning incident at Georgia Southern’s Statesboro campus

An author scheduled to speak at Georgia Southern’s Armstrong campus on Thursday canceled her scheduled event after an incident during her Wednesday appearance at the university’s Statesboro campus that resulted in several people who appeared to be students being videoed burning her book following the lecture.

Outrage from students and alumni of Georgia Southern under the #southernnotstate hashtag on Twitter followed the incident after video surfaced of students at the Statesboro campus burning a visiting author’s book after she discussed white privilege during her lecture and questions and answers.

On Wednesday, Latina author and New York Times contributor Jennine Capó Crucet discussed her book, “Make Your Home Among Strangers,” to an audience of freshmen students at the Statesboro campus. The book, which is required reading for some Georgia Southern Freshman Year Experience classes, follows a Cuban-American student going to college at a predominantly white educational institution.

During the Q&A portion of her lecture, one student confronted Crucet about the view on white privilege expressed in the book. In a video posted by user @___yanamarie on Twitter, the student asks Crucet, “So I’ve noticed you’ve made a lot of generalizations about the majority of white people being privileged and I just wanted to know what makes you qualified to come to a college campus?”

Read more: https://www.savannahnow.com/news/20191011/author-cancels-savannah-appearance-after-book-burning-incident-at-georgia-southerns-statesboro-campus

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