Bibliography: (n) a list of the books referred to in a scholarly work
It would seem it is necessary in the pursuit of reporting truthful statements, that we find others who agree with us, who have written down their thoughts–therefore supposedly giving these notions greater credibility.
Of course, with the inception of the Internet and freelance writers such as myself, merely finding quotes which confirm your assertion has become easier–and also more comical.
I could probably make any statement whatsoever and produce a list of essays, papers and even books that will confirm my accusations with a hearty literary “amen.”
Here’s the problem: it doesn’t make it true.
Some of the more astute and intelligent writing in American history occurred in the Antebellum period, when it was completely permissible to refer to “Nigger Jim.”
If I were to write a twisted article on my black brothers and sisters and place within the bibliography a considered number of masterful works to support my prejudice, I would have a foundation, yet find it to be constructed on the sand.
A bibliography is a way of proving that a freshman in high school actually cracked a book to crack open his or her brain.
It does not prove that what is being purported is accurate.
Just that we found enough people to concur … to have a small party.