Andrea Davis Pinkney A Birthday Cake For George Washington
Scholastic is pulling a controversial new picture book about George Washington and his slaves the publisher said on Sunday.
Andrea davis pinkney a birthday cake for george washington. A childrens picture book about George Washington and his slaves has been pulled by publishers Scholastic. A Birthday Cake for George Washington. The book tells the story of Hercules a slave who served as George Washingtons head chef as he and his daughter try to bake a birthday cake for the founding father without any sugar.
Andrea Davis Pinkney Scholastics vice president and executive director wrote a blog earlier this month in defense of A Birthday Cake for George Washington s intentions. A Birthday Cake for George Washington was released Jan. Scholastic said it will no longer distribute A Birthday Cake for George Washington because the picture book doesnt include enough historical context regarding slavery.
The book A birthday cake for George Washington is a vile exemplification of the distortion of history. This outcome is likely to have a chilling effect leading authors and illustrators to hesitate in taking on racially sensitive or politically. A Birthday Cake for George Washington.
In withdrawing A Birthday Cake for George Washington Scholastic said We do not believe this title meets the standards of appropriate presentation of information to. A cake for the president himself. Slavery should not and can not be portrayed as anything other than what it was- the abuse of people of color for centuries in order to build the America we know.
5 and had been strongly criticized for its upbeat images and story of Washingtons. The company had previously defended the book A Birthday Cake for George Washington by Ramin Ganeshram from critics who said it presented young. A Birthday Cake for George Washington was released on 5 January and had.
Those who sought the removal of A Birthday Cake for George Washington and those who acceded to that request should recognize that other books they might consider valuable could be vulnerable to the same fatecensorship in the face of controversy. Birthday Cake makes a clear effort to demonstrate the brilliance and noteworthy status of Hercules Washingtons enslaved chef whostated by Pinkney and in the author noteis often thought of by culinary historians as the first celebrity chef in America. A Birthday Cake for George Washington was written illustrated and edited by a diverse group of people of color including editor Andrea Davis Pinkney who is black and.
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