If you’re in the U.S., you’ve probably heard about SB1070, Arizona’s horrible racial-profiling immigration law. (Short form: cops are supposed to stop and demand papers from anybody they think might be in the country illegally. You know, brown people.)
janni posted recently about We Mean Business, a coalition of Arizona-local stores that are publicly declaring their opposition to the law. Being a writer, she specifically tagged Antigone Books as a store worth supporting; they’re part of IndieBound’s network of independent bookstores, and will ship to non-local addresses. Well, I’ve got a list twelve miles long of books I keep meaning to buy, so I moseyed on over to their site and picked one up. And, following Janni’s suggestion, I put a note on my order saying I appreciated their stand against SB1070.
Today I got a reply from the store owner, thanking me for that note — because they’ve been receiving a scary amount of hate mail. She didn’t say whether they’ve lost business because of their stand against SB1070, but if people are sending hate mail, I expect sales have fallen off, too. The question is whether sales from people who appreciate their decision have picked up enough to make the difference. If not, then Antigone Books, and other businesses like it, could be in danger of closing down.
If you’ve got a book you’ve been thinking about picking up, think about ordering it from Antigone. Everything I’ve heard about them says they’re good people, and they can special-order things they don’t have in current stock. I don’t live in Arizona, but I’d like to see stores of this kind stay in business.