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I’ve included some of the red flags that have been raised about Stephanie and her books in the black rootworking community as well as her responses to them, which are quoted from the conversation shown below. There are also red flags from her new book that I’ve pointed out. I encourage the community to continue to discuss this author and her works in a critical way while also considering her responses to some of the raised issues.
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