And now,… presenting a 45-minute illustrated lecture of myÂ Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature and the Need for Diverse Books.
Indeed, here are two versions, one in English and one in Spanish (which is also delivered via sign language). Â Both versions were recorded in the past couple of months – the English-language one in Mountain View in July 2017, and the Spanish-language one in Santiago in August 2017.
The English-language version comes courtesy of Talks at Google.
Thanks to (ex-Googler) Tyler Shores for making the Google connection, and to David Barry and everyone at Google for their hospitality! Â I had a great visit to the Mountain View campus this past July.
La versiÃ³n en espaÃ±ol es cortesÃa de Chile’sÂ Ministerio de EducaciÃ³n. Mi discurso comienza a los 34 minutos del video. Esta versiÃ³n dura unos 10 minutos mÃ¡s: estoy hablando mÃ¡s lentamente para ayudar al traductor a mantener el ritmo.
Muchismas gracias a MÃ³nica Bombal Molina por la invitaciÃ³n, y a MÃ³nica, Andrea Casals, y Catalina Landerretche por su hospitalitad. Â¡Me gustÃ³ mucho mi visita a Santiago!
Related posts (on this blog unless otherwise indicated), including glimpses of the work in progress:
- “7 Questions We Should Ask About Children’s Literature,”Â Oxford University Press BlogÂ (19 Sept. 2017). Â There’s also a brief, related post on this blog.
- Free Book: Goodreads Giveaway of Was the Cat in the Hat Black? (1 Sept. 2017)
- Racism & Seuss: It’s not a bug. It’s a feature. (A Twitter Essay) (12 Aug. 2017). A condensed version of an argument also made in the book.
- Was the Cat in the Hat Black? –Â cover reveal (19 Dec. 2016). The debut ofÂ Lucas Heinrich’s superb cover!
- Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature, and Why We Need Diverse BooksÂ (4 Dec. 2015). The announcement of the book’s publication. Â It inspired a response from Debbie Reese, which in turn prompted me to change the title. Upon learning thatÂ “We Need Diverse Books” is trademarked (by the excellentÂ We Need Diverse Books organization), IÂ changed “Why We Need Diverse Books” toÂ “the Need for Diverse Books.”
- The Archive of Childhood, Part 2: The Golliwog (13 Jan. 2015). A revised version of this blog post appears as part of the book’s introduction (“Race, Racism, and the Cultures of Childhood”).
- Was the Cat in the Hat Black? (22 June 2014). An earlier version of the title chapter (“The Strange Career of the Cat in the Hat; or, Dr. Seuss’s Racial Imagination”) appeared as an article, in Children’s Literature 42 (2014).
- On Reading the Expurgated Huck Finn; or, Why We Should Teach Offensive Novels (17 Oct. 2014). I wrote this blog post so that I could write about Alan Gribben’s expurgated edition of Twain. Pieces of this appear (in revised form) in Chapter 2, “How to Read Uncomfortably: Racism, Affect, and Classic Children’s Books.”
- Can Censoring a Children’s Book Remove Its Prejudices? (19 Sept. 2010). My earliest thinking on what became Chapter 2 (“How to Read Uncomfortably”), and one of the most frequently cited posts from this blog. I hope that – in future – people cite the book chapter… because it’s better!
- “The Boundaries of Imagination”; or, the All-White World of Children’s Books, 2014 (17 March 2014). On the occasion of the New York TimesÂ pieces by Christopher Myers and Walter Dean Myers, a collection of information and essays about the fight for diversity in children’s literature.
- Disagreement, Difference, Diversity: A Talk by Christopher Myers (24 Oct. 2015). A few thoughts and notes on an excellent talk by Christopher Myers. I quote from his talk in the book.
- Regarding the Pain of Racism (4 Apr. 2015). Reflections on an observation byÂ Naomi Murakawa, and on my challenges as a White male scholar writing about oppressions I have not experienced. A few slivers of this appear in theÂ Conclusion, “A Manifesto for Anti-Racist Children’s Literature.”
- Ferguson: Response & Resources (24 Aug. 2014). I began this book before the Black Lives Matter movement began, butÂ it and its leaders have informed my work.
- #BlackLivesMatter – A Twitter Essay (3 Dec. 2014).Â Daniel Pantaleo is on video choking Eric Garner to death. When a grand jury said there was no need for a trial, I wrote this.
- Again. And Again. And… ENOUGH! (7 July 2016). Â The murders ofÂ Alton Sterling and Philando Castile inspired this. #BlackLivesMatter
- Charleston, Family History, and White Responsibility (22 June 2016). A response to the terrorism in Charleston, South Carolina. Following sustainedÂ critique from family members, I removed this from the blogÂ – the first time that I’ve alteredÂ a post for reasons other than finding an error or a typo. However, the Wayback Machine preserved the post. Ideas expressed in itÂ emerge inÂ the book (notably, the end of Chapter 3), but (unlike the original post) do so withoutÂ identifying specific individuals.