A Detroit area school district has erupted in protest over the discarding of a historic book collection that is said to contain more than 10,000 black history volumes, included films, videos, and other artifacts. The blame, according to residents of Highland Park, a small city surrounded on nearly all sides by Detroit, belongs to Emergency Manager Donald Weatherspoon, who claims the collection was thrown out by mistake but that the district cannot afford to preserve it.

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Detroit is having so many problems, but this makes me particularly sad. These books were in the school district and nobody thought to try to give them to a library or museum where they could be better handled? I have a lot of questions about this, but no matter what happened, history should not just be thrown away.

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house: for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 3rd President of the United States, in an 1821 letter to James Madison (via chrispygirl)
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