That’s Racist


As much as we cherish the books from our childhood, there is no denying that some of the stories are just a little (or a lot) racist. But how do we reconcile this truth?

 They were the feckless prisoners of their times, and much as we’d like for people in the past to share our enlightenment, especially people we otherwise admire, it’s just not going to happen in an unfortunate number of cases. And a couple of centuries from now, when people look back at us, they too surely will be thinking, how could they?

The question of racism in classic children’s literature, explored.

Mary Allen is a writer working, crafting, and making bad puns in the San Francisco Bay Area. More from this author →