Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Yup! Everyone in Literary History is Racist.

Yup! Everyone in Literary History is Racist.

I think I suffer from Racism Fatigue. How did being called a Racist become worse than being a child molestor or serial killer? I am soooo tired of this over-used term. I started this list and then abandoned it because I realized that I could spend days accumulating a very large list of literary figures who can be termed "Racist." I knew people became unhinged when I read that Ellen Degeneres was racist...and we now live in a strange world where anti-racist Antifa protestors are more violent, destructive and dangerous than the "Nazis" they are trying to silence.

Here is just a short list....

A Child's Garden of Verses By Robert Louis Stevenson
Little Indian, Sioux or Crow,
Little frosty Eskimo,
Little Turk or Japanese.
O! Don’t you wish that you were me?

Racism in the work of Charles Dickens

Is Shakespeare racist?

Chaucer's Prioress: Medieval Anti-Semitism and Church Critique

Jane Eyre: Jealous, Prejudiced, Or Racist?
I think it’s very possible Jane was racist, BrontĂ« too...

Racism and genocide in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World

Why African-Americans Loathe 'Uncle Tom'

Did Charles Darwin believe in racial inequality?
His anniversary has thrown a fresh spotlight on ideas about race that still excite his friends and foes. Marek Kohn looks at a troublesome legacy

Karl Marx, the Racist

The Unlikely Reanimation of H.P. Lovecraft
125 years after his birth, the author known for his eerie tales—and his racist beliefs—has had one of the biggest comebacks in Western literature.

Ezra Pound the Racist

Edith Wharton - You know her as … a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and three-time Nobel Prize in Literature nominee. But did you know she was also … anti-semitic and sexist?

T.S. ELIOT WAS ONE OF THIS CENTURY'S pre-eminent poets, a great artist and perhaps the premier modernist. He was also an anti-Semite, a racist and a misogynist.

Racist, anti-Semite, Hitler Apologist: On Roald Dahl, Hero of Children's Lit

Flannery O'Connor's Complex, Flawed Character

Kids Use ‘Dr. Seuss Week’ To Teach Classmates About His Racist Cartoons

It’s High Time We Let Rudyard Kipling Out of the Penalty Box
The author of The Jungle Book also wrote a lot of jingoistic trash, but judging him by the standards of our time, not his, serves him poorly and obscures his true genius. ?

Was Walt Whitman racist?

Jack London and many other Progressives were racist
The racist elements of Progressive ideology don’t prove that economic interventionism is racist by nature, or that the policies Progressives defended in large part on racist grounds can’t be justified in other ways. Still less do they prove that modern left-wingers are necessarily racist as well. But they do undercut claims that racism is primarily a product of the “right” and that economic leftism and racial progress necessarily go together. Indeed, many of the early advocates of racial equality were mostly libertarian on economic issues, including Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and civil rights lawyer Moorfield Storey, one of the founders of the NAACP.

Agatha Christie was a huge racist!

Bram Stoker: Racial Nationalist and anti-Semite

'Oz' Family Apologizes for Racist Editorials - In the late 1800s, L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz, wrote racist editorials in a South Dakota newspaper, calling for the extermination of Native Americans.

Martin Heidegger and Nazism

Kerouac's racism, sexism and homophobia

Mark Twain: Inexcusable racist or man of his time?

Was Ray Bradbury racist?
I love this answer: If the book itself doesn't push a racist agenda, then I don't think it matters.
Many famous authors have been racist, homophobic, misogynistic (etc).

Let's move on.

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