New York Times reporter Jo Becker’s new book, “Forcing the Spring,” claims to be the “definitive” history of marriage equality, which might be true if by “definitive” you mean defined by the people who gave you the most access for reporting. But activists who have longer memories than the book’s history allows for are organizing protests against Becker’s book signing tour, focused on her appearances in the Bay Area.
“Becker offensively and consistently undercuts other people’s work, distorting the truth in an attempt to give her insiders credit for… everything,” says Melanie Nathan, who is organizing the protest through Facebook. Becker has appearances scheduled on May 1 and May 2 in San Francisco.
It will be interesting to see how many people turn out to protest what Nathan calls “the snub of our heroes and grassroots activists.” In the meantime, Becker might want to ruminate on the acknowledgments she should be adding to the paperback edition.