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31 Responses to 10 Racist Children`s Books

  1. Profile photo of misscutieroo
    misscutieroo Female 18-29
    1944 posts
    October 15, 2013 at 10:03 am
    Link: 10 Racist Children`s Books - Are they racist?
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    October 15, 2013 at 10:24 am
    The era in which a lot of these stories are based was a time where many of these `third worlders` were ill-educated so they would come across as ignorant or even savage.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    October 15, 2013 at 10:33 am
    Pretty "thin" evidence here...

    Never even heard of #4...

    #3 is a CLASSIC textbook for ANTI-RACISM! Just because the characters talk in "era appropriate" ways doesn`t mean we get to judge it by modern word definitions... N*gger was a perfectly acceptable word back then!

    #1 THAT counts as `racism`?? A fictional group that doesn`t resemble any specific real-life one?

    Lamest `Top 10` yet!

    Sorry @misscutieroo, it`s not your fault!
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    malikymoo Female 18-29
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    October 15, 2013 at 10:34 am
    i really hate things like this, people literally read to much into little things.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    October 15, 2013 at 10:41 am
    Huck Finn is seen by some as a critique of racism? By some? Finn chooses to reject not only the whole of his society but also to accept that he will go to hell for his loyalty to a friend, however black and enslaved. In so doing he becomes the only valid moral centre of his world.

    The first great American novel. IMO still the greatest and one of the most morally sound books ever written.

    Most of the others were pretty racist, though.
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    BoredFrank Male 40-49
    2197 posts
    October 15, 2013 at 10:48 am
    Twain`s book is the most eloquent denunciation of racism ever written. To include it here is simply dim-witted.

    Nearly as dumb as putting the Narnia books on the list. The compilers are pooheads.
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    TruTenrMan Male 30-39
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    October 15, 2013 at 11:08 am
    A lot of these aren`t RACIST... they`re STEREOTYPICAL groups of people, but not races. People really need to learn how to define "RACE".
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    edana42 Female 50-59
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    October 15, 2013 at 11:10 am
    I`d be more impressed if the examples weren`t so dated - it was a different time back then, with different (though racist in todays setting) standards
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    whodat6484 Male 30-39
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    October 15, 2013 at 11:11 am
    All books, art, films, etc are influenced by the ways of the world when they were created. Having character dialog that mirrors that of the time doesn`t necessarily equate to racism.
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    edana42 Female 50-59
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    October 15, 2013 at 11:12 am
    "`third worlders` were ill-educated so they would come across as ignorant or even savage"

    by who`s standard and could you please cite sources for such babble?
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    October 15, 2013 at 11:29 am

    A useless list, meant simply to arouse unwarranted indignation. Anyone who can`t place and accept a work of fiction in its historical context shouldn`t be writing about books.

    "Huckleberry Finn" .... racist? Un-f**k-ing believable! Did this joker ever READ it?
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    whodat6484 Male 30-39
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    October 15, 2013 at 11:34 am
    "by who`s standard and could you please cite sources for such babble?"

    It`s common knowledge that, by British & European standards of the time, Native Americans were considered "savages".
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    edana42 Female 50-59
    2509 posts
    October 15, 2013 at 11:53 am
    whodat6484

    "They are really better to us, than we are to them."

    "We look upon them with scorn and distain ... though, if well examined, we shall find for all our Religion and Education we possess more moral deformities and evils that these Savages do...."

    "They keep their word, and hate lies"

    "You have your laws and customs, so have we."

    "I am of quite a different nature from you"

    "They are all equal ⎯ the only precedence any gain is by superior virtue, oratory, or prowess; and they esteem themselves bound to live and die in defense of their country."

    Same citation. Who`s the savage.
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
    2579 posts
    October 15, 2013 at 11:55 am
    God, 2013 is so lame. I`m happy that everyone here knows about Huck Finn. The others - well, I haven`t read most of them, so it`s a little presumptuous of me to categorically say anything (I also have a feeling the guy who made this didn`t read them either, which is strange if you want to make a video like this.)

    But just look at the years these were all written - different standards. I mean, you could very well have an author in that time period who believes with all of his heart that other races are not subhuman, but his style would still be considered racist today. I guess the Huck Finn example here even proves that.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    October 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm
    Jake: I agree, Huckleberry Finn was anti-racist, anti-slavery, especially for it`s time. But people get hung up on the language and for good reason, the N-word is abhorrent to our modern ears. Huck Finn is still an important historical piece of literature and they should leave it alone.
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    Bakcagain21 Male 18-29
    560 posts
    October 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm
    This is nonsense though, one it`s applying a modern moral compass for different time periods. Two some of the links are sketchy. Take the Pippi Longstocking, before the black kids jump in the sand infront of the white children, it starts with "for some incomprehensible reason the children thought white children should be revered" Pippi fights against this, refusing to let them do it. It also makes fun of white children in the book. It`s attacking the former superiority claims not re enforcing it...
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    October 15, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Charlie and The Chocolate Factory isn`t racist.
    The Oompaloompas were an endangered tribe. Wonka gave them refuge and paid them what they asked for... chocolate. They are their of their own choice, not by force.

    A Golliwog is about as racist as Raggedy Anne. i.e. NOT

    Huckleberry Finn - Yeah, nagger is in the book, but Twain was using the vernacular of the day. The characters that were black had depth. Jim the runaway slave was heroic. Huck looked up to him for advice and guidance. Are the people who cry "racist" saying that that is an unrealistic portrayal of a black man?

    Narnia`s not racist. If a white guy makes a sacrifice is it racist? No? Then I guess it`s not if it`s a brown guy.
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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
    2508 posts
    October 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm
    Someone is grasping at some major straws here.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    October 15, 2013 at 12:52 pm
    Major straws.

    Sometimes (rarely) All Time 10s are funny. Not this one.
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    whodat6484 Male 30-39
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    October 15, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    "Same citation. Who`s the savage."

    That`s what the people being quoted are basically saying. They were led to believe that Native Americans were savages but when they came to the Americas they realized that they`re just like everyone else only with different customs & beliefs.
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    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
    3441 posts
    October 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm
    I love racism. It has always been and always will be and no matter what certain people think or feel they won`t believe that it pertains to them until their secret phobia moves in next door.
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    tedgp Male 30-39
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    October 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    @5cats just because it was acceptable by whites back then, doesnt make it any less racist.
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    uatme Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    I don`t think a book a can be racist. Unless for some reason a certain race can`t read the book or is treated differently by the book based on their race.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    31764 posts
    October 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm
    @tommy2X4: I agree! 95% of the humans on Earth are racist (prejudiced) about SOMETHING!
    It`s just that 3/4 of them refuse to admit it...

    @tedgp: You fail to grasp that Twain used the word ON PUROPSE to highlight bigotry! He was a "Master Sarcaster" and could use sarcasm as a weapon!

    Anyhow? It wasn`t "offensive" back then, it was just a word! Like any word, it "could be used" as a pejorative...
    Like the word "trash" for example. Is THAT an "offensive word"??
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    ak2nc1 Female 18-29
    860 posts
    October 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm
    @uatme, to paraphrase; "I don`t think a book can be racist, unless a race is treated differently by the book." 0_0... am I missing something? Is there another definition of a racist book?
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    Twinklestein Male 30-39
    513 posts
    October 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm
    It has been my experience that MANY of those yelling `racist` about Huckleberry Finn have actually never read it, they are just going by what others have told them.
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    uatme Male 18-29
    1068 posts
    October 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm
    @ak2nc1 books are inanimate objects and cannot `treat` people and therefore can`t be racist. That was the point I was trying to make.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    31764 posts
    October 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm
    @ak2nc1: He was attempting to be "smart" eh?
    Failed, but brave in the effort! :-)

    @Twinklestein: Exactly Correct! You should comment more often! :-) :heart:

    @auburnjunky: Yes! I find many of this group`s output either funny or fun. But this? The fail is grotesque...

    @uatme: A valid defense? Close, but no banana! :-) (lolz!)
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    October 16, 2013 at 4:24 am
    If you want to REALLY see a REALLY REALLY racist book, try The Turner Diaries.

    Egads, that one is f*cked up. I don`t suggest reading the whole thing, find a synopsis somewhere on the internet and you`ll get my point.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    31764 posts
    October 16, 2013 at 7:52 am
    Wiki has a brief summary

    Yeesh! That`s nasty stuff!
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    Wendypants Female 30-39
    2420 posts
    October 18, 2013 at 9:09 am
    I agree with most everyone that this top 10 list failed and failed hard.
    So many of the listed books contained racism (yeah, those were the times all right) and still managed to be anti-racist stories (like LordJim and BoredFrank noted).
    Crock-of-poo list, really.

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