Will Little House on the Prairie be the next American classic to fall victim to censorship?
“The Association of Library Services for Children, a part of the larger American Library Association, has unanimously voted to strip Wilder’s name from a prestigious book award it has given since 1954. The reason? “Wilder’s legacy, as represented by her body of work, includes expressions of stereotypical attitudes inconsistent with ALSC’s core values of inclusiveness, integrity and respect, and responsiveness.”
… Wilder’s characters frequently debate what stance the settlers should take toward the tribes, and they often provide valuable context that puts the discrimination shown against Native Americans into perspective.
In fiction, no compelling story occurs without conflict, and there is a protagonist and an antagonist. Both tell their story. What the librarians who want to whitewash Wilder from their literary award are basically saying is that children’s books have to avoid conflict and can’t contain any “trigger” words that would be “painful” to any children.”