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10 Racist Children's Books

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Wendypants
Female, 30-39, Canada
 2123 Posts
Friday, October 18, 2013 9:09:31 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.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26276 Posts
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 7:52:06 AM
Wiki has a brief summary

Yeesh! That's nasty stuff!

CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17299 Posts
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:24:36 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.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26276 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 9:02:54 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!)

uatme
Male, 18-29, Canada
 1026 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 5:20:17 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.

Twinklestein
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 405 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 4:47:50 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.

ak2nc1
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 644 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 4:12:22 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?

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26276 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 3:28:29 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"??

uatme
Male, 18-29, Canada
 1026 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:42:18 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.

tedgp
Male, 30-39, Europe
 3283 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:42:08 PM
@5cats just because it was acceptable by whites back then, doesnt make it any less racist.

tommy2X4
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 3383 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:41:21 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.

whodat6484
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 3732 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 1:35:10 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.

auburnjunky
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 10157 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:52:12 PM
Major straws.

Sometimes (rarely) All Time 10s are funny. Not this one.

RobSwindol
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2459 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:21:28 PM
Someone is grasping at some major straws here.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33911 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:09:20 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.

Bakcagain21
Male, 18-29, Europe
 553 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:02:58 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...

CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17299 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:02:09 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.

Andrew155
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2564 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:55:27 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.

edana42
Female, 50-59, Eastern US
 2505 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:53:29 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.

whodat6484
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 3732 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:34:17 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".

Jake_Justus
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 5465 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:29:35 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?

edana42
Female, 50-59, Eastern US
 2505 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:12:38 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?

whodat6484
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 3732 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:11:06 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.

edana42
Female, 50-59, Eastern US
 2505 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:10:05 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

TruTenrMan
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2565 Posts
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:08:19 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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