Laura Ingalls Wilder was a children’s author born in 1867. She wrote a series a semi-autobiographical books about a little house on the prairie in the 1930’s and 1940’s using language and attitudes that were not-uncommon in the 1880’s.
Her name was associated with an award given out by the ALA for a lasting achievement in children’s literature.
But it’s 2018 and 1880’s language in a book from the 1940’s isn’t progressive so Wilder had to go.
After months of deliberation, the organization behind a prestigious book award has decided to remove the name of author Laura Ingalls Wilder because of her portrayal of Native Americans.
The Association for Library Service to Children gives out the “Laura Ingalls Wilder Award” yearly to authors whose work has made a lasting impact on the world of children’s literature.
The honor will now be known as the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.
“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.”
William Shanter took umbrage with this decision by the ALA. He went to Twitter to make a very legitimate point that language evolves over time and to start erasing from the past what is not considered progressive today is a going to be a problem.
What about words today- geek, nerd, etc… what if they are the slurs of tomorrow? I don’t want my books getting denounced because those words are acceptable words right now. That’s my issue. https://t.co/BaygCT3Set
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 5, 2018
For not standing up for hard line progressive dogma, he ended up in a fight with some Social Justice minded literature professors. Professors of the Soviet style that believe that it is their job to remove from canon anything that goes against the party line.
In this Twitter argument, the Social Justice mob has decided that Star Trek is not sufficiently progressive for today’s standards.
1. The tea is that Star Trek TOS was groundbreaking for its time, but is problematic from a 2010s POV, especially on gender.
2. Bill seriously needs to stay in his lane.
3. There are many racist Trek fans (& SF fans), hence the # of RTs. They want progress only on their terms. pic.twitter.com/N9JaRexGed
— Ebony Elizabeth 🙅🏿♀️ (@Ebonyteach) July 4, 2018
…did you need to be told Star Trek was racist? That having an interracial kiss ONLY when ALIENS have infected the crew is coded racism? Tell me you haven't been patting yourself on the back all these years? That pat goes to Nichelle Nichols, not you.
— E.M. Garcia (@EMichelleGarcia) July 5, 2018
That kiss being referenced took place in an episode called “Plato’s Stepchildren,” Season 3, Episode 12, which first aired November 22, 1968.
It was the first interracial kiss on TV.
It was radically progressive when it happened.
NBC wanted to film two versions of the kiss, one that wouldn’t offend southern (Democrat) audiences and Shatner fucked it up on purpose so only one kiss was recorded and broadcast.
Keep in mind that Star Trek was so progressive that Martin Luther King Jr. loved it. So much so that he convinced Nichelle Nichols not to quit after the first season.
That is one of the most touching things I’ve ever seen, and it shows you just how special Shatner, Nichols, and Roddenberry were.
This is by 2018 Social Justice standards is racist and problematic, which means Star Trek is going to be headed for the memory hole by the progressive gate keepers of academia and the ALA.
I can’t think of anything more Soviet in nature than the idea that something that was groundbreaking 50 years ago is now so behind the times that it must be denounced then destroyed.
It is pure evil.