Aside from “Jack and Janet” or “Tip and Mitten,” one of the first books or series of books I enjoyed as a child was Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” collection. At this very moment, my box set of “The Little House” autobiography is nestled safely away in a special drawer for my most cherished possessions.
I daresay, that most young girls have read or should have read the tales from the prairie as experienced by this talented and gifted young writer. As a child growing up in small-town America, I was captivated by the stories as told by Mrs. Wilder. She gave me my first glimpse into the life of a little girl growing up in the American Midwest immediately following the Civil War.
It was Laura Ingalls Wilder who took me on my very first adventure to a time and place that I could only imagine. It was Laura, or Half-Pint as Pa called her, who illuminated the thoughts and fears of a little girl who lived a century before my time. And yet regardless of the time and place, Wilder described my dreams and the dreams of millions of other little girls.
But now the totalitarian American Library Association has unanimously decided that Laura Ingalls Wilder is no longer a good role model. They have removed her name from the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.
According to these left-wing autocrats, Laura had some impure thoughts as she wrote with the stereotypical language of the time. And so what? It was what she knew. We are all products of our time and place in this timeline of life. Writers write about what they know.
According to Wilder’s self righteous detractors, she once wrote, “Kansas had no people, only Indians.” Naturally the perpetual nonthinkers from the Left are appalled at her description of Indians. Despite the fact that Wilder later amended her book to say, “Kansas had no settlers, only Indians,” no forgiveness was allowed.
It should be of no surprise that the cold hard facts confirm the obvious; There is no room for history, debate, or critical thought in the world as created by the Democratic Left.
Insightful and perceptive individuals understand that we learn by studying, dissecting, and revisiting the experiences of other people. Understanding how another person, who thinks differently than ourselves, derives an outcome is critical to understanding right versus wrong.
We can only improve ourselves as individuals by understanding the prejudices which led to the failings of all mankind regardless of their color. We can’t conceive of prejudice if we are not allowed to examine the thoughts of those who held these prejudices.
Like it or not, many of those who held prejudices did so innocently and without malice. If we don’t understand how the wrongdoings of the past occurred, we are doomed to repeat it.
The Left attacked the beloved Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. They condemned the heroic Atticus Finch in “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The “N” word is not to be uttered or read.
Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler have been damned as Gone With the Wind is now considered to be racist rubbish. The Democrats are preparing for their anticipated Utopian future as they erase the icons and characters of classic literature that we have held so dear.
We will have our Huckleberry, Tom, Atticus, Rhett, Scarlet, and Half-Pint back where they belong in our libraries. We will win this war against the Orwellian Democrats, and we will restore our heritage.
First they came for Huckleberry, and then they came for Half-Pint. But do not fret. We will bring them back and introduce them to our children and grandchildren. Until then, they live forever in our hearts.