And you thought it was just about Confederate statues:
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name will be removed from a major award because of how the “Little House on the Prairie” author portrayed minorities in her novels, the children’s division of the American Library Association voted Saturday.
“This decision was made in consideration of the fact that 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,” the Association for Library Service to Children said in a statement after the unanimous vote.
According to the organization’s website, “the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.”
It will now be called the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.
Hard to believe that a woman born in 1867 expressed opinions that are out of line with 21st century Progressive dogma, but it’s true. Therefore, another beloved figure must go down the memory hole. I’m actually hoping that the ALSC* accidentally drops the copyright or trademark for the award’s name, because how funny would it be if a serious organization began to award it to future authors of quality children’s literature?
This is one way we need to approach the culture war. It’s not enough to mock the leftists as they devour organizations from the inside and wear their skins like some Ed Gein fashion statement. It’s not enough to delegitimize the fake news. It’s not enough to drive cultural icons into frothing, insane overreactions that cause normies to sit up and pay attention. While that’s fun and necessary, we also need to fashion and reward worthy replacements, lest the cultural landscape become nothing but a smoking ruin.
If there is any area in which Vox Day deserves more credit for his foresight and influence, I am hard-pressed to imagine what it might be. If there is an area in which more must be done, I don’t know of it. And it’s an area where you can make a real impact on the culture your grandchildren will inherit.
Many people love to complain that Hollywood is undermining America, then they prance off and drop $50 to take their kids to the latest superhero remake. Here’s a clue: Hollywood does not have a single dollar that we have not given them. They’re not the government that can force-fund what you hate with your money. We have given them the money and the influence they have. And it’s long past time we took it back.
Don’t just buy entertainment, seek out that which is not only wholesome but which is produced by people who will use it to produce more of the same. Eschew the convenience of the Wikipedias of the world and seek instead the quality of Infogalactic. Then become an editor. Support those artists whose work you want to see flourish. If you must watch cable TV, make sure you’re not paying for ESPN or CNN. Reward the good arts and starve the deceitful, dangerous ones. And if you want to mock them and their creators, even better.
There are people who oppose everything you stand for and will spend their lives making sure your kids are exposed to dating sites for transgender preteens.** This degenerate culture is discivic, it’s evil, and in many cases it is the literal product of insanity. It cannot and will not last, but it can do and is doing untold damage in its dotage.
Once it falls over (or we push it over) it will be replaced by something. It is our opportunity – your opportunity – to see that it is rebuilt to our standards. After you’ve ensured that your kids are exposed to something much better, invest your time in creating*** or funding what their kids are going to see.
* A converged and therefore useless organization.
** No, I’m not linking that.
*** Ever thought about writing stories for or with your kids?