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 Disturbing fact of the day: The phrase "The only good… 
17th-Apr-2010 12:03 am
 Disturbing fact of the day:

The phrase "The only good Indian is a dead Indian" appears three times in Little House on the Prairie.
17th-Apr-2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
It's disturbing that people think that about any culture or people that they don't understand.

I'm sure that there were (and are still) many Nazi/Skin Heads/White supremacists who say "The only good Jew/Black/Muslim is a dead one."
17th-Apr-2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
It's even scarier when you consider that it's one of the top 30 (out of 100) books that children enjoy reading.
18th-Apr-2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
i think a lot of it has to come down to parenting too though. i love those books, but i knew that that was wrong (most kids can figure that out anyways depending on how old they are when they read it) but my parents would never have let me believe anything like that anyways. besides people were way more ignorant and intolerant in 1932 when it was originally published, plus it was supposed to be written with the mentality of the 1800s (not an excuse, at all, but it's more 'historically accurate' that they would write it like that because that's how people felt back then)
18th-Apr-2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
And don't disagree with any of that, but reading articles about the reactions of kids who were reading this book (and not being made to think about what they were reading) was really disturbing. The one study had kids saying things like Indians are mean, scary, ect. Another article I read had a child ask if Indians are nicer now? after reading those books. While kids will realize that the statement the only dead Indian is a good Indian is bad, how many will realize that a lot of the other things are negative and incorrect?
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