Academics in the UK are readying the burn pyres for a number of classic children’s books that have been denounced by leftist censors – at taxpayer expense – for their “harmful content relating to slavery, colonialism and racism.”
The University of Cambridge is reportedly reviewing more than 10,000 books, adding their own “trigger warnings” to works by authors who have been “offensive to historically enslaved, colonized or denigrated people.”
How long until the petrol cans come out?
Reportedly funded by a £80,633 grant from the taxpayer-funded UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, the purge is being conducted jointly with the University of Florida, so U.S. taxpayers are being soaked as well via the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities, according to the UK’s Daily Mail.
Earlier in 2021, there was condemnation and a buying frenzy of Dr. Seuss books after Penguin Random House announced it would stop publishing six works by the author because of “hurtful and wrong” stereotypes therein. Sales of the book McElligot’s Pool on Amazon soared by 5.78 million percent over a 24-hour period, while another “canceled” work, If I Ran the Zoo, saw sales increase by over 835,000 percent.
The new list reportedly names Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the 1935 Little House on the Prairie series, for “stereotypical depictions of Native Americans” Also included is Dr. Seuss creator Theodor Seuss Geisel over “overt blackface,” while The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum has been black-marked for “white supremacy” in his 1906 short story “Bandit Jim Crow.”
“Trigger warnings” are meant to protect fragile people from words and images which they claim injure their feelings.