Trouble at Little House on the Prairie and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Posted by Cameron McAllister, Nathan Rittenhouse on July 5, 2018
Topic: Cultural Commentary

Citing prejudicial depictions of Native Americans and other marginalized groups, the American Library Association recently voted unanimously to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a children’s literary award. The vote may have been unanimous, but the public has been deeply divided about the decision. Tune in to hear Nathan and Cameron weigh in on the controversy and even highlight some specific quotes from the books themselves that offer a more nuanced picture. Later in the episode, both apologists switch gears to discuss the widespread controversy surrounding the separation of children from their families at the border. The visceral response to this issue has made it difficult to navigate, and both Nathan and Cameron attempt to offer some helpful pointers on thinking through this extremely complex situation.

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