Oprah Faces Backlash From Latino Community for Book Club Title “American Dirt”

Days after Oprah Winfrey decided the book wasn’t the best choice and released a statement explaining that she would rather have a conversation from both sides of the immigration topic.

She said,

“There’s been a lot of talk about this book lately. And I just wanted you all to hear directly from me that I read an advanced copy of ‘American Dirt’ last summer before it was even an official book. And it was a visceral experience for me; a migrant’s story told from a mother’s perspective about the lengths she would go to to protect her child, to get to freedom in America. I was deeply moved. It had me riveted from the very first sentence, and I could hardly wait to share it with all of you.”

“Now, it has become clear to me from the outpouring, may I say, of very passionate opinions, that this selection has struck an emotional chord and created a need for a deeper, more substantive discussion. So when I first started to hear your comments opposing the selection, I was asking the question, in earnest, ‘What is offensive?’ I’ve spent the past few days listening to members of the Latinx community to get a greater understanding of their concern. And I hear them, I do.”

Oprah Winfrey, who has been the center of controversy herself lately said, said she wants to

“bring people together from all sides, to talk about this book. And who gets to publish what stories, and I’m hoping that that is going to resonate with many of you and your concerns.”

“I think it’s gonna allow us to open up the conversation in unexpected and, I really hope, meaningful ways.”