Laura Ingalls Wilder: newest whitewashed and condemned cultural contributor in today’s leftist censorial climate. It’s my understanding that Dr Seuss, Theodor Geisel, is next….
Considering the level of attacks meted out against those who, in the censorial face of PC appeasement erasure, speak up against this, here is a courageous op-ed from a retired academic, which appeared in the Chicago Tribune: Stripping Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name from an Award is Close-Minded & Short-Sighted
I ask those who support censorial re-writes of history: How can we educate if original source materials are eliminated?
Read more on this issue at The Daily Wire, from which I quote at the close of this post:
My email to the ALSC, the Association of the Library Service to Children, follows:
I am writing to lament your organization’s bowing to the blanket, systematic censorial white washing of history and its chronicling of society – its reflection and ongoing evolution – via its quashing of the literary legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
All cultures over time have endured conflict and biases as they crossed paths. No culture is innocent of this, including those cultures overtaken through history. It is what it is.
History is a collection of facts over time and how Man’s roles were played in them – which has never been a static element. This whitewashing seeks to suggest this via ridiculously utopianistic erasure of all conflict and conquest over time, be it a historically relegated child’s uninformed perspective, be it the timeline of the Westernization of our – mine and your – nation.
By pretending that what was never existed, we only set a sanctioned stage for more pretense today. This is cowardly and dangerous, and eliminates one of the greatest functions of the Arts – literary Arts – to reflect us with honesty, for better and for worse, aka accurately.
These trends of erasure and censorship worry me on so many levels, as this door to condemnation might appear like restitution via appeasement, but is in fact the lid of Pandora’s box being thrown wide, and officially, open.
If both content and authors are equal targets, where will this end? The words and works and legacy of such as Thomas Jefferson come to mind.
Add to my thoughts, which I wish I had noted when I sent my email, is the fact that American settlers, hearty, brave immigrants of the land, were equally as innocent as their “native” American tribal counterparts, equally struggling to survive and to make lives for themselves and their families. American settlers were likewise brutally victimized and attacked by “native” American tribes (all cultures are nomadic; there is nothing native about any tribe). But now, the settlers are being defamed and whitewashed as defeated “native” Americans are aggressively restitutionalized via censorship and historical re-writes. These attacks seek to kill any legacy, personal, familial or societal, of American literary icon Laura Ingalls Wilder, and that of all American settlers. This is an insidious denialism of what was.
The right of American settlers’ to their personal perspectives, the formations of logical conclusions based on their collective experiences as they sought safe passage, happiness and security for themselves and their families , remains valid as their prerogative and relevant as their slice in Time.
As noted in the Daily Wire article, linked at the top of this post:
…in today’s woke era, Wilder’s work is considered “controversial,” because of how she speaks of her family’s fear of Native American attacks, and her era-specific views on blacks. Intellectuals and historians might teach Wilder’s works in the context of her upbringing, but, apparently, children’s librarians are incapable of the same level of nuance.