Why hello there! Y’all this is my first time writing a proper discussion post so please excuse me if this post seems all over the place.
So, the other day, I was going through my picture books and classics and noticed a lot of stuff which was kind of concerning.
As children, most if not all of us, read a story or two before bedtime. As children, we failed to notice how bad and misleading some of these stories are.
Take Snow White for example. The name itself has problems. Snow white was portrayed as a princess whose complexion resembled snow. A famous line from the tale, “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, whose the fairest of them all” is also very misleading, as children might think that one has to be fair to be pretty, one must be fair, which is completely false.
If we take a look at most children’s books and classics, they are written by white authors and have white protagonists. Everything is viewed from an individualistic point of view and there is basically no diversity. Even if there is incorporation of POC, they aren’t portrayed very well.
Most of the black people who are a part of classics and children’s books are usually associated with animal and instinct behavior, which is honestly very disgusting. Asians, on the other hand are usually people who have small eyes and small voices in these books, which is not true. Not all Asians have small almond eyes and not all of them are shy.
Apart from being racist, most of these books were also sexist. Just take any popular fairy tale as an example. Most female protagonists did something stupid and were rescued by a prince in the end. That just demeans women in general, making it look like they cannot do anything without a man’s help.
In conclusion, everyone who wasn’t a white man was treated like mere objects in these stories.
Some might debate that this all was normal back when these stories were written and nothing can be done.
But children still do read them. Reading such stories might lead the children into believing in White Supremacy, and that men are better than women.
So what can we do? Just brush it off as old beliefs? Nope. That is not enough.
Instead of reading the same old classics, I think that we should move on to books written by POC and women. Not only will that help the youth appreciate diversity but also make sure that they do not elect the wrong person.
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