I had brunch with a friend of mine this morning, and afterwards we were driving around trying to figure out what to do next. As we approached a Hastings store, I remembered that I wanted to get Spoiled, the YA book by the the Fug Girls, so I pulled in. I couldn't find the book (bummer), but I did notice was one of my favorite books, Nora Zeale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, in the "African-American" section.
It kind of pissed me off. The book wasn't in the Classics section and it wasn't in the Fiction section, apparently because it was written by a black woman. We went to Borders afterwards, and it was the same thing there!
Maybe bookstores have done some polling and found out that people really do want books by black writers to be shelved separately so they're easier to find, I don't know. But that is the only possible justification for doing this, in my opinion. I just don't understand why these great works of literature, CLASSICS, have to be qualified like this.