Restore the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award at the ALSC

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The board of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, made the unanimous decision to remove the name of author Laura Ingalls Wilder from a major children’s book award at a meeting in New Orleans on 6-23-2018.

The name of the prize has been changed from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award because the ALSC has determined Ms. Wilder to be a racist. The Award has been around since 1954, and first given to Laura Ingalls Wilder for her "Little House on the Prairie" novels. She was born in 1867 and died in 1957. 60 years of history down the drain. It is appalling. A lot of writers have been given this award. They should all feel deeply betrayed and abandoned by this decision.

Yes, it should be explained to children that Laura Ingalls was of a different era when Indians were almost universally disclaimed and slavery was still fresh in the minds of the American people. President George Washington himself owned slaves at one time. Do we also castigate him and remove his name from history, too?

But, the ALSC knows better for today. What's next? Will the Mark Twain Award be the next to fall in the advent of Political Correctness and Censorship?

Such revisionist history should be condemned as nothing more than political correctness and outright censorship. Fellow Writers and readers should be appalled the American Library Association endorses "revisionist history" and the silencing of great fiction. 

In the book 1984, by George Orwell, he wrote, "Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right."

And, of course, there is the age old warning, "Those that do not know history are doomed to repeat it."

I'm a writer that is deeply offended by this decision. All writers should be deeply offended by this decision. All readers of literature should be offended by this decision. Please sign this petition and not let this great injustice stand.



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