Disturbing……..no, ridiculous news yesterday.
Quoted from FoxNews…..Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name is set to be removed from a major children’s book award after concerns were raised about the “Little House on the Prairie” author’s depiction of certain races in the early-to-mid 20th century.The Association of Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) board voted unanimously on Saturday to rename the “Laura Ingalls Wilder Award” as the “Children’s Literature Legacy Award.”
This is worrisome on so many levels…..The word unanimously is especially dire. An association of people……all unanimously agree that words written from a memoir depicting life in our country in the 1800’s allows offensive language…… What language should she have written, the King’s English? The journey of the Ingalls family was one of the hardships and realities of life amidst a country when no rain that spring meant starvation for a farmer and his children…. Many still did not read or write, let alone worry about usage of the correct word.
Mark Twain once wrote that the difference between the almost right word and the right word is a large matter. As a writer, I agree. Sometimes, the one word nagging at me from a story can stare me in the eye until I retrieve the right one from my mind and pen. New Editions of Twain’s books will include slave instead of the N word…….
I just don’t understand this…..Harriet Beecher Stowe swayed a country’s thoughts with that “wrong” grammar………should new editions attempt to dissolve that division of speech that served as impetus for a lot of reader’s beliefs and actions.
Are we going to do away with the prestigious Mark Twain Humor Prize because the right words in his mind are not be the correct words of ours?
What troubles me most is these voting people are not your average texting, cell phone users on the street……many of whom may not have picked up a book in the past five years…….these were educated, literate, members of an association geared to enrich the lives of young readers of our country.
Twain, Wilder, Stowe………these writings enriched my mind. Their words did not influence my mouth…….their words influenced my own mind to think and, to eventually write my own stories.
I worry about a vast prairie of emptiness on library shelves if this continues……that is a journey none should look forward to with hope.