It seems very strange to me the new children’ laureate is a person descended from the dark skinned races and the first thing she does in her new role is make children’s literature a race issue.
Isn’t that erm, you know … a tad racist.
Marjorie Blackman (no pun there, that’s her name)also said that when she was younger, she never once read a book that featured a black child, which left her feeling totally invisible.
Obviously she never read Rudyard Kipling. Oops, pardon, he was denounced as racist for having black characters in his stories wasn’t he?
And what about Wind In The Willows, Mole was surely almost back and ratty would be brown.
Blackman, a former script writer for childrens television series Byker Grove, (hmm, were there any black characters in that, I mean, I’ve never seen any around Newcastle) intends to spend her time as laureate concentrating on older children and teenagers, a group she feels it is time to embrace.
The people who gave her this award have learned nothing from Jimmy Savile then?
I was amused by this comment from the thread.
“If you have ever attempted to buy books for children recently it is impossible not be absolutely appalled by some of the offerings,which are little more than dire multicultural politically correct progressive politics themed propaganda.
One particularly nauseating book had on the cover a pretty drawing showing mixed race couple, one Asian male child, one African female child and a white girl in in a wheelchair and a happy smiley woman in the background
The subject matter? All about the joys of being taken away by the nice social services lady and put with right on foster parents (not UKIP supporters presumably)
Happily the classics still sell and there is some splendid modern children’s literature around.”