Wednesday, January 20, 2016



Publisher pulls kids' book over slave cake controversy

Simplifying things for young children is not allowed

Scholastic is pulling a controversial new picture book about George Washington and his slaves, the publisher said on Sunday.

A Birthday Cake for George Washington was released on 5 January and had been strongly criticized for its upbeat images and story of Washington’s cook, the slave Hercules, and his daughter, Delia.

"While we have great respect for the integrity and scholarship of the author, illustrator and editor, we believe that, without more historical background on the evils of slavery than this book for younger children can provide, the book may give a false impression of the reality of the lives of slaves and therefore should be withdrawn," the publisher said in a statement.

The book, which depicts Hercules and Delia preparing a cake for Washington, has received more than 100 one-star reviews on Amazon.com. As of Sunday evening, only 12 reviews were positive. The book also set off discussions on Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media.

While notes in A Birthday Cake for George Washington from author Ramin Ganeshram and illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton pointed out the historical context of the 18th-century story and that Hercules eventually escaped, some critics faulted Ganeshram and Brantley-Newton for leaving out those details from the main narrative.

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Slavery was a vicious evil and should never be portrayed in a positive way.

Anonymous said...

NEWS FLASH: NAACP to sue ISIS for cultural appropriation of slavery. Spokesman states "you guys can't take slaves, everybody knows that's only a white man's thing."

Anonymous said...

NEWS FLASH: NAACP to sue ISIS for cultural appropriation of slavery. Spokesman states "you guys can't take slaves, everybody knows that's only a white man's thing."

3:04 AM

Really??? Exactly what "race" are Isis Members???


AIB/44

Bird of Paradise said...

Replace it with a PC book about peaceful aficans and the english settlers Political Correctness is a pluague in america

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:04: Either your irony meter is broken or you're a typically clueless lib.
Hint: the taking of slaves and makeup of those taken as slaves was and is not
limited to any one race or group. Oppression cuts across all of humanity.

Anonymous said...

Correction. Last comment directed at Mr. 3:15 AM

Alpha Skua said...

And remember little Black Sambo? before the PC crowd stuck in their snouts?

Anonymous said...

The problem apparently is that slaves can never be depicted as anything other than miserable and brutally repressed.
They can never enjoy themselves, play or have fun - or even take pride in their work.
So sad that apparently there has never been a slave who was well-treated or who took pleasure in their accomplishments.

Stymphalian Bird said...

Liberals are never happy just WHINE,WHINE,WHINE,COMPLAIN,COMPLAIN,COMPLAIN