Humanities in Class: Webinar Series

How to Break Up with Your Favorite Racist Children’s Books

Philip Nel (University Distinguished Professor of English, Kansas State University)

January 18, 2022

National Council for the Social Studies

Why do we struggle with admitting how pain and love are entangled in in cherished artifacts of our childhood? In this talk, I argue that confronting this fact is the best way to dismantle the White-supremacist delusion of “cancel culture,” to develop more complex relationships with favorite works of our youth, and to create a more inclusive, diverse culture for contemporary children.

Literature / Racism / Children's Literature /