The BBC reports that the U.S. Association for Library Service to Children voted unanimously over the weekend to remove author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a children’s book award, renaming it the Children’s Literature Legacy award. The association could no longer overlook the very problematic “anti-Native and anti-Black sentiments in her work.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder (b. 1867), author of the “Little House on the Prairie” series, has been removed from a book award after activists complained her writings promoted racism and colonialism. https://t.co/d1YscY644q
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) September 23, 2019
President Trump actually made a very good point when talking about Confederate monuments coming down in the middle of the night. Where does it end? Is Thomas Jefferson canceled because he owned slaves? We still don’t know about Jefferson, but we’d never imagined that the author of the “Little House on the Prairie” series of books would be disappeared like this.
And so it goes. https://t.co/A3o4ycW0oa
— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) September 23, 2019
Oh, for Pete sake. The witch burners and book burners.
— Teresa † ن (@BlackIrishI) September 23, 2019
How can people possibly be so ignorant? The insanity never ends!
— Vannie Keeling (@vanniekeeling) September 23, 2019
I feel like I'm re-living the McCarthy era …
— I'm a Curmudgeon – What's your excuse? (@WaltrCurmudgeon) September 23, 2019
This really is a clown world
— Trevor Woerner (@Trevor_Woerner) September 23, 2019
She told stories of her past. "Colonialism" – her mother was afraid of Indians & thought they were heathens, her father did not, the family was forced to move from a home because of a treaty with the Indians, and an African American doctor helped the family when they had malaria
— Chrissie (@Bkakma) September 23, 2019
I hate this country.
— Joe Pallone (@Plonerock) September 23, 2019
— DB ???? (@dbmilne) September 23, 2019
I never liked this show, I can't believe I'm defending it, but this is insane.
— NEOAethyr (@konigssohne) September 23, 2019
Dig up her skeleton and give it 20 lashings with the whip. That'll teach this dead lady not to promote colonialism via subtext. I promise you this, I bet she'll never do it again
Bad old dead lady, bad!?
— Ray Kooyenga ?? (@RaymondKooyenga) September 23, 2019
Oh screw this already.
— Dinkledash (@Dinkeldash) September 23, 2019
History books are next.
— mid-centurymodern (@midcenturymode2) September 23, 2019
Never mind that that's the way things were at that time. ?
— Timothy Rossiter (@ofchappee) September 23, 2019
Craziest thing I ever heard! She wrote books appropriate to the time she grew up in. She was not a racist. Travesty!
— Sharon Bailey? (@sharonleighmama) September 23, 2019
It was a different time … kind of like how 2001 was a different time and Justin Trudeau had no idea blackface wasn’t cool anymore.
Good to know coming generations will be well read…
— Boof Cubensis (@BoofCubensis) September 23, 2019
Sanitizing History again to be politically correct. Just for the record…History is not politically correct. pic.twitter.com/99cVYBDP4L
— Preston Ptak (@HisTreeNut) September 23, 2019
You would think feminists would be all over this censorship.
Little House on the Prairie books highlight women’s perseverance, strength, and courage.
Little girls love Half Pint.
— ☘️ Libby Scott ☘️ (@libbysc53829165) September 23, 2019
Well, they’re wrong to love her. And the books, which as far as we know will stay on most school bookshelves. For now.
According to the BBC, the association “had received complaints for years” over the books.
My daughter and I have just completed a 6 month unit study of all of her writings. We’re heading to Mansfield, MO this week to visit the museums there dedicated to her. Excellent writings and author. Highly recommended. We combat this ignorance by doing our own thing.
— Busy northern girl (@busytimes6) September 23, 2019
Outrageous: Hateful bigots shutting down library’s Drag Queen Story Time … oh, wait, there’s more https://t.co/Av9GMsLFBx
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 20, 2019