'It's Just Astonishing': Tucker & Melissa Francis on the 'Little House on the Prairie' Controversy
A group representing American libraries dropped "Little House on the Prairie" author Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from one of its awards, declaring that her work reflects "dated cultural attitudes" toward people of color.
The award -- which honors an author whose work has made "a significant and lasting contribution to children's literature" -- was renamed the Children's Literature Legacy Award.
“Wilder’s books are a product of her life experiences and perspective as a settler in America’s 1800s. Her works reflect dated cultural attitudes toward Indigenous people and people of color that contradict modern acceptance, celebration, and understanding of diverse communities," American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal and ALSC President Nina Lindsay said in a statement.
Fox Business Network host Melissa Francis starred in the 1970s as Cassandra Cooper in the "Little House on the Prairie" TV series, and said Tuesday that ALA's decision to rename the award was "astonishing."
"This is a strong female author, by the way, it's a lead female character," Francis said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
"This is like an all-woman project basically if you look at Laura Ingalls Wilder writing about her family, about her mother's life on the frontier."
The @ALALibrary in their infinite wisdom have stripped Laura Ingalls Wilder of their award due of “outdated cultural attitudes”. Isn’t that why we we read historical works? To understand attitudes of other times? Will they take back their award from “Growing Up In Slavery” next?
— Melissa Francis (@MelissaAFrancis) June 27, 2018
The ALA's statement said that the award's name change should not be looked upon as as a way to censor Wilder's work, but to align the award’s title with ALSC’s "core values."
"We hope adults think critically about Wilder’s books and the discussions that can take place around them," the statement read.
Tucker Carlson said Wilder's writing is the latest victim of the left's "cultural revolution now in progress."
"The reason - you knew this - is that the Little House on the Prairie books apparently, somehow, promote racism, sexism and every 'ism' you can imagine."
Francis said the book is meant for children to be educated on American culture, including mistakes made in the past and the strengths of the nation's founding.
"My conclusion is these people didn't read the books. They just didn't read the books."
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