10 Children’s Books You Didn’t Know Were Racist


Concerned about what content your children should be exposed to? Here’s a list of 10 children’s books that you should shield your child from. These books are surprisingly brimming with racist content and you’ll be thanking us later.

1. The Secret Garden

The protagonist Mary, when presumed to be ‘black’ by her sassy maid, throws a tantrum and bursts into tears. The reason she does that is because according to her blacks ‘are not people’.

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2. The Story of Little Black Sambo

The story revolves around a black boy, the word Sambo itself has a history of negative connotations.

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3. The Story of Doctor Dolittle

When the African prince wishes to marry a white princess, Dolitte ‘bleaches’ him white which in turn produces a strong smell of ‘burning brown paper’.

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4. Little House On The Prairie

Terms like ‘snake-eyed’, ‘smelly’ and ‘wild men’ are used for Native Americans and are further described as having black glittering eyes and strange peaked heads.

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5. Pippi Longstocking

Filled with racist stereotypes, this book has a passage where the black children throw themselves into the sand and at the feet of white children.

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Rabeea Basheer
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