Ban them! Ban them all!
I’ve been musing about the books I love. Last week, I showed my geeky, sci-fi, fantasy self. This week, I chose to reminisce about the books I read as a child.
I was THAT kid who wanted books for Christmas. My mother, a bibliophile, was happy to give them to me. She gave me The Five Little Peppers books, Elsie Dinsmore, Black Beauty, Little Women, Little Men, and many others.
While researching for this post, I found that Elsie Dinsmore and the other books in the series are no longer published. The books are politically incorrect now, and people seem to be unable to get past the idea that a book series originally published between 1867 and 1905 is written from the perspective of a person living in that era. The lady trashing the books and celebrating their demise, Karen Allen Campbell, is a columnist for BreakPoint. I must say that I don’t remember all the racism, bigotry, and implied pedophilia she found. I would bet that she hates Gone With the Wind, too.
I’m not a person who advocates cleaning up American history. It is what it is, and we need to remember it. That doesn’t mean that I think it’s all wonderful. To the contrary, the mistreatment of Native Americans and slavery were the lowest points in our history. However, if we throw out everything that was written by people of those time periods, we won’t have a clear picture of what actually happened.
One reason I love Jane Austen’s books is that she gives us an accurate idea of what life was like during her time period. I suppose there are people who object to her books, too, on the basis of women being unequal with men. Let’s just burn everything we don’t like.
That’s so Fahrenheit 451.