No Offense to Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura June
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Well, like many things in life, “it’s complicated.” I think we can honor the determination and resilience of the Ingalls while at the same time pointing out the racism. In fact, isn’t it necessary to do both? We’re all still living on land stolen from Native Americans or gotten by lies and deceit, and we as adults in our lifetimes have not done much to address this., which (it could be argued) continues to make us complicit, even though we aren’t bad people or even consciously complicit. And many of us come from families who benefited from the fruits of enslaved peoples’ labor, while the descendants of the enslaved peoples do not. When a child is old enough, maybe it’s a good idea to read those books and bring up the ambiguity and let them know that people can do good things and bad things at the same time, and that we’re still doing it.

This would also have the advantage of teaching our children not to frame the world some Manichaen dualism.

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