Many, if not all, of us have pleasant childhood memories of reading our favorite children’s books. My personal favorites were the Dr. Seuss books (do you like green eggs and ham?) and books with lots of pictures of animals and dinosaurs. Like other parts of our heritage, many of us would like to pass these books on to our children for them to enjoy one day. Unfortunately, much has changed in the world of children’s books since the Leftist revolution in the 1960s, and this change has greatly accelerated over the last twenty years. Laurel has an ongoing series on the topic of children’s books and includes some discussion about the rampant Marxism in many of them. However, the issue I want to address specifically in this post is the deliberate insertion of multiculturalism/multiracialism into new editions of older children’s books. What I mean by this is the insidious practice of publishers replacing all white characters and traditional gender roles with non-white characters and gender neutrality.
Take, for example, Random House’s latest edition of Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever, in which all the descriptions are made gender-neutral, traditional gender roles are removed, and other changes are made with political correctness in mind.
Another example is Syd Hoff’s Sammy the Seal. Here is the 1959 version of the cover:
And here is the 2000 version of the cover:
They did not even try very hard: they simply took some ink and colored in some of the people to make them look darker. In the middle of the book, they even colored in a red-haired person’s skin without bothering to change his hair as well. This may seem at first glance to be fairly innocuous, but consider that those who are reading these books are at an extremely formative age, and what they see in these books is what they are going to grow up viewing as normative. You can see the extreme importance of the content of these books and why our childhood heritage is being recolored. Will racial homogeneity and traditional gender roles be presented as normative and positive? Or will racial and gender Marxism be presented as normative and positive? Some parents will buy these books for their children assuming that they are the same as the ones they read as a child, but they are not. The battle is on for your child’s mind, and you must be careful either to buy the old editions of these books or to find acceptable substitutes.