Illinois Community College Refuses to Shelve Book About Homophobia in the Black Church

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Jan. 17, 2014 - PRLog -- Anthony Stanford's book Homophobia in the Black Church:How Faith, Politics and Fear Divide the Black Community, published by textbook publisher ABC-CLIO, has been denied shelving by an Illinois Community College, outside Chicago.

According to the author, Waubonsee Community College administrators initially said that the book did not meet its current needs. However, over the past several weeks, the specific reason for not shelving the book has been questioned, but not clarified.

The author indicates that the criteria for selecting books for the college library, as described by administrators, is inconsistent.  Stanford says that absent a credible explanation, or opportunity to review of the institution's selection procedures, the decision appears to be biased, non-inclusive and not in keeping with the spirit of same-sex marriage legislation that becomes effective in Illinois, later this year.

Waubonsee Community College has a diverse student population that includes 7 percent African Americans, and is attended by LGBTQs.

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