Over 200 employees at mega publishing house Simon & Schuster have signed a letter demanding that the company cease all publication of former Vice President Mike Pence’s new book. In addition, they would like to see the publishing house not publish any books by anyone who was affiliated with the Trump White House.
The petitioners equivocate the publication of Pence’s book to “Rehabilitating fascists,” and says it “puts all of our BIPOC, women, LGBTQ+, disabled, neurodivergent, immigrant, working-class employees, and the greater bookseller/reviewer/reading community in immediate and long term danger and dismisses the generations of violence that have contributed to our direct oppression.”
The article in the Wall Street Journal revealing the existence of this petition states plainly that “An employee petition at Simon & Schuster demanding that the company stop publishing authors associated with the Trump administration collected 216 internal signatures and several thousand outside supporters, including well-known [b]lack writers.”
Their reasoning, in the letter obtained by the Wall Street Journal, reads that “When S&S chose to sign Mike Pence, we broke the public’s trust in our editorial process, and blatantly contradicted previous public claims in support of Black and other lives made vulnerable by structural oppression.”