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Under Pressure, Scholastic Recalls Racist Children’s Book


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Under Pressure, Scholastic Recalls Racist Children’s Book

Deborah Menkart

A firestorm erupted when Scholastic released a children’s book early this month, A Birthday Cake for George Washington, by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, featuring smiling slaves baking a cake for George Washington. The back cover portrayed George Washington and his enslaved chef, Hercules, arm-in-arm, like best buddies. The image convinced many that this was an Onion parody and not an actual children’s book published in 2016.


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Amazing that enslaver-class propaganda of the 19th Century is still being published in the 21st Century.

What's next? --a "Precious Monents" version of Northup's Twelve Years s Slave?


#3

Um, yes, year-old story. Done and dusted.