This book is specifically written from one (white guy's) point of view -- somebody who grew up in the area.
I'm not sure how the ideas that circulate about this place do active harm. Most (if not all) accounts I've heard about this place are personal accounts. The truth from people who have lived or traveled there.
Sometimes the truth hurts. Denying it's truthful isn't helping anybody.
Get dozens of book recommendations delivered straight to your inbox every Thursday.