Scholastic has pulled a well-liked children’s book written by the author of the “Captain Underpants” collection — for selling “passive racism.”
The writer introduced it can not distribute Dav Pilkey’s 2010 graphic novel, “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future,” saying in a press release launched final week that the choice had been made with the “full assist” of the author.
“Collectively, we acknowledge that this book perpetuates passive racism. We’re deeply sorry for this severe mistake,” the corporate mentioned.
“Scholastic has eliminated the book from our web sites, stopped achievement of any orders (domestically or overseas), contacted our retail companions to elucidate why this book is not accessible, and sought a return of all stock. We’ll take steps to tell colleges and libraries who should have this title in circulation of our resolution to withdraw it from publication.”
Pilkey, who can also be behind the favored “Canine Man” collection, additionally shared a letter apologizing on YouTube, by which he defined that the book was supposed to “showcase variety, equality, and non-violent battle decision.”
“However this week it was dropped at my consideration that this book additionally accommodates dangerous racial stereotypes and passively racist imagery,” he wrote.
“I wished to take this chance to publicly apologize for this. It was and is incorrect and dangerous to my Asian readers, pals, and household, and to all Asian individuals.”
The choice to not print the book comes after six Dr. Seuss books have been pulled as a result of racist and insensitive imagery.