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Racism in Waldorf Alphabet Book

Please let Bell Pond Books know that it is racist to place Native American people in the same category as objects and animals.

Bell Pond Books is the publisher of "Waldorf Alphabet Book". It is an alphabet picture book with an "Indian and two "Inuits" as part of the images for the letter "I". All other images in the book are of animals, objects, or of non human beings such as a mermaids and a gnome.Imagine if we replaced the culture of these images. "N" is for Negro "J" is for Jew. It does not read very well does it? This kind of objectification of Native Americans directs the young mind of the reader to view them as sub-human, etching a stereotype into their little psyche's that will shape how they view Native People's as they grow into adults. This has been an acceptable form of racism in American culture for years and it is time to stop it NOW.

What you can do

1. Email the CEO of Bell Pond Books and let him know that you want the images edited out or the book to stop being published all together.
Gene Gollogly gene@booklightinc.net
Here is a sample that you can copy and paste (or you can write your own letter)
Dear Mr Gollogly,
It has come to my attention that one of your publications, "Waldorf Alphabet Book" has racially inappropriate images of Native Americans in it. Due to the socially damaging impact of these images, I ask that you promptly edit out the images or stop publishing this book altogether.

2.Email the bookstores who carry this book and ask them to remove this item from their catalog.
Here is a sample that you can copy and paste:
It has come to my attention that one of the books that you carry in your store has racially inappropriate images of Native Americans in it.
It is titled "Waldorf Alphabet Book".
Under the letter "I " it depicts an "Indian" and two "Inuits". All other images in the book are of animals and objects. This subtle form of racism objectifies Native Americans making them sub-human in the minds of the young reader.Imagine if we replaced the culture of these images. "N" Is for Negro "J" is for Jew. It does not read very well does it?

Due to the socially damaging impact of these images, I ask that you promptly remove this book from your catalog and help the world see all people as equal.

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3.Make online review of this book

4.Boycott the book

5.Share this email with others.

I have corresponded with Gene Gollogly CEO of Bell Pond Books about this matter. The response was no. If you would like to see the origianl correspondence with him let me know and I will gladly email it to you.
Thank you
Mary Betsellie

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