The same book that has come under fire because it was being promoted directly by the State Department (in clear violation of the Constitution), is now being blasted because of it’s content.
First of all, Ivanka Trump’ book, Women who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success, suffers from a glaring lack of original content. Independent reports that Ivanka chooses to use copious amounts of quotes from a number of well-known authors. This list includes Jane Goodall, Nietzsche, Sheryl Sandberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Cynthia Nixon.
But one quote in particular is receiving scathing criticism from all over the United States because of its comparison between rich people and slavery.
The quote comes from Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning Beloved, a novel that dissects the lasting psychological trauma of slavery. Independent explains:
NPR’s write-up of Women Who Work, picked up by AV Club, notes how Morrison’s words “Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another,” written in a playfully cute style, are positioned before a chapter on “working smarter.”
In the chapter, Trump evokes imagery of slaves and masters to emphasise how difficult being a rich working woman is. She writes: “Are you a slave to your time or the master of it? Despite your best intentions, it’s easy to be reactive and get caught up in returning calls, attending meetings, answering e-mails …”
The critics are from high-profile sources, including Whoopi Goldberg, who on The View said, “I don’t think she understands that slavery actually was real.”
The Huffington Post wrote a powerful review of the book, adding it “equated busyness with slavery.”