Scholastic pulled a popular children’s book by the author of the series “Captain Underpants” from the shelves to promote “passive racism”.
The publisher announced that it has published Dav Pilkey’s 2010 graphic novel “The Adventures.” Von Ook and Gluk: Kung Fu cavemen from the future “will no longer evict.
In a statement released last week, Scholastic said the decision was made with the children’s author’s” full support “.
“Together we see that this book perpetuates passive racism. We are very sorry for this serious mistake, “said the company.
” Scholastic has removed the book from our websites, stopped fulfilling orders (domestic or international), contacted our retail partners to explain why Book is no longer available and a return of the entire inventory has been requested. We will take steps to inform schools and libraries that may still have this title about our decision to remove it from publication. “
Pilkey, who is also behind the popular” Dog Man “and” Captain Underpants “series, also shared an apologetic letter on YouTube stating that the book was” intended to demonstrate diversity, equality and nonviolent conflict resolution. ” “.
” But this week I was made aware that this book also contains harmful racist stereotypes and passive racist images, “he wrote.
” I wanted to take this opportunity to apologize publicly . It was and is wrong and harmful to my Asian readers, friends and family, as well as to all Asian people. “
The decision to stop printing the book was made after six Dr. Seuss books were drawn because of racist and insensitive images.
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