Renaming A Children’s Book Award Is A Big Mistake
Roald Dahl admits to being an anti-Semite.
Dr. Seuss drew savage depictions of the Japanese.
Novelist V.S. Naipaul, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, has been an outspoken critic of Islam and argues the Muslim culture had a “calamitous effect” similar to colonialism.
Rudyard Kipling was viewed as a racist.
But her books reflected kindness, love, family, education, hard work, and support of community as positive values. Anything in those books could repulse someone, such as the way women were shown to be second-class citizens to their husbands. Wilder didn’t invent nor lobby for such things – her works merely reflected life back then. To criticize her is ridiculous. She’s merely the messenger – history is history.
Look at the Declaration of Independence. It’s a great document that declares freedom, yet, it speaks of men, not women. It only promotes the whites and it even refers to “savage Indians” several times – a term that Facebook flagged as hate speech. Should we tear up the Declaration of Independence, too?
Things change all of the time.