I find creativecarryout's post so interesting, and it relates a bit to the discussion in the other thread, specifically to the Curious George aspect.
After I moved the book, and explained why I did so, one group member said that it was just my opinion, and I realized she was completely right.
But I find Curious George SO VERY discomfiting. So I googled "is curious george racist?" and found many relevant articles, including this one in the Des Moines Register: http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060210/LIFE01/602100343/1039/LIFE
But, as the article in the DM Register points out, not everyone might recognize the symbols and suggestions that lead to the question of Curious George's story being an allegory of the Enslavement issue.
Just as creativecarryout doesn't agree with the analysis of the Dr. Seuss book. (I have a lot of Dr. Seuss books, by the way, b/c I find them wonderfully race-neutral.)
I would offer that what's important here is to know these issues are out there--subtle messages, etc.--and to be aware of them. You don't have to agree with all the critiques and become totally paranoid (which I know can happen and it's not fun when it does, people who get that paranoid can be very energy-draining and unpleasant to be around) but at least know that this stuff happens, and it can be very pervasive and damaging (which is about as un-fun as being paranoid).
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