Laura Ingalls Wilder Is No Longer Acceptable Because Identity Politics And Racism! [VIDEO]

Laura Ingalls Wilder Is No Longer Acceptable Because Identity Politics And Racism! [VIDEO]

Laura Ingalls Wilder Is No Longer Acceptable Because Identity Politics And Racism! [VIDEO]

The politically correct social justice warrior crowd found a new target a few days ago. Laura Ingalls Wilder is now such a problem that an award in her name is no longer acceptable because RACISM!

A division of the American Library Association voted unanimously Saturday to strip Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a major children’s literature award over concerns about how the author referred to Native Americans and blacks.

The Association for Library Service to Children says the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award will now be known as the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.

Yes folks, a celebrated author who wrote of her experiences as a child in the early 1900’s is now been labeled racist. Why? The library association was triggered by cherry picked words and phrases through Wilder’s books.

The anti-Indian sentiments? Let’s see,

‘there were no people. Only Indians lived here.’

Again, look at it from the perspective of her life and times. However, there is ummmm… MORE to the story. You see, that particular association either didn’t do their research or are ignoring the rest of the paragraph.

Wilder writes, after the “dead Indian” quote, that “Pa said he didn’t know about that. He figured that Indians would be as peaceable as anybody else if they were left alone.”

Sheds a different light on this now doesn’t it? Meanwhile, in 1952, due to reader concerns, Laura herself was asked about that phrase from her book. Guess what folks? SHE is the one who green lighted changing what she wrote!

She wrote to the editor, “It was a stupid blunder of mine. Of course Indians are people and I did not intend to imply they were not.”

Again, the library association didn’t do their research or ignored what they found.

Full disclosure, I have read all of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. Multiple times. And the Little House on the Prairie TV was a staple growing up. Here’s what I learned from her books.

Traveling across the prairie in a covered wagon sounds great, but when your travel distance is barely 15 miles a day, you don’t get very far

Putting food on the table and a roof over one’s head involved hard work from every single member of the family

Illnesses such as meningitis or scarlet fever could be fatal, or in Mary’s case, lead to blindness because good medical care was miles or even days away

An orange or a 5 cent piece of candy was an amazing and rare treat

Self-reliance and education was necessary and key to their survival

Laura taught school as a 16 year old in the Dakota Territory – even though she didn’t graduate from high school

As for the supposed anti-black sentiment? As she writes, she had NEVER seen a black man before. But was she afraid of him? Actually NO. You see, he had a great laugh and helped them through their bout of malaria. By gosh, that doesn’t sound racist to me. How about you?

Someone who should be better at critical thinking cherry picked a few lines from her books, cried racism and the library association clutched pearls.

Rage? What in the world? As stated above, I’ve read Wilder’s books multiple times. I’d like the dear Dr. Debbie Reese to point out a specific instance of ‘Rage’ in any of her books!

Yes, there is backlash against the association for using stupid identity politics against an author who wrote of her OWN experiences growing up in the early 1900’s.

Seriously?? FACEPALM. Has Dr. Reese actually READ Wilder’s books? I think not. Which renders that Ingalls and Trump tweet of yours irrelevant and shows an incredible lack of critical thinking.

 Laura herself had something to say about this

The trouble with organizing a thing is that pretty soon folks get to paying more attention to the organization than to what they’re organized for.

When we sanitize all of history, literature included, because of identity politics and supposed racism then we lose the best of us. Laura Ingalls Wilder provided us a picture of our history on the American frontier that is unique, special, and should be celebrated and learned from.

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5 Comments
  • Scott says:

    Thanks for the post Nina. I too grew up watching the TV show, but have never owned or read the books. In light of this stupidity, I just added it to my list of books to acquire!

    OOh, and Dr Reese is an IDIOT!

    • Deanna Fisher says:

      Scott, you will not be disappointed, as the books are far superior to the TV show. And if you want an even more biographical look at Laura Ingalls Wilder, I suggest checking out “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” which was printed by the South Dakota Historical Society Press in 2014 and is available on Amazon.

  • GWB says:

    Laura taught school as a 16 year old in the Dakota Territory – even though she didn’t graduate from high school
    So you CAN homeschool, even if you don’t have a teaching degree! Go ye, therefore and edumacate yer chiluns!

    the work is driven by our knowledge that books changed our individual lives
    And just who had their life changed in a negative fashion by Wilder’s stories? If you raise your hand, I would advise you to seek out medical attention for a thorazine prescription. Because you cannot handle this little thing called “reality”.

    Note Ms Reese puts that last one in a graphic so she can make IT ALL LARGER and shout at you without using caps.

    When we sanitize all of history
    We have always been at war with Oceania.
    That’s really what it’s about: controlling the present. Make the current “culture” so overwhelming that no one will ever question its legitimacy – after all no one good has ever done anything differently, right?

  • Jim says:

    “… how do you explain Trump’s actions today?”

    Well I would consider he and his behaviour to be a symptom of the absolute frustration and disgust of moderate people at the actions of the self-indulgent and self-aggrandising socialist left whose members so hate the culture and society which produced them that they wish to destroy it. Of course it is all about them gaining increasing power for themselves, not helping others.

  • the new civility says:

    Everything is wayciss! These mighty SJW resistance fighter selfie/hashtag world savers must not be too busy with the useless in the real world Marxist indoctrination their parents are way overpaying for at college if they have time to apply contemporary P.C. aka Cultural Marxism standards to literary works from 100+ years ago.

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