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Little House on the Racist Prairie

The Left is going after another great American treasure: Laura Ingalls Wilder and her beloved Little House on the Prairie collection. They cite the same old reasons -- racism, racism, and more racism.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) says they are stripping Wilder’s name from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for children’s literature, an award Wilder was the first to receive. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award will now be known as the Children's Literature Legacy Award. The ALSC says the award "may no longer be consistent with the intention of the award named for her."

More likely, the modern radical ALSC is no longer consistent with the original intention of the ALSC.

The group explained:

The decision was made in consideration of the fact that Wilder's legacy, as represented by her body of work, includes expressions of stereotypical attitudes inconsistent with ALSC's core values of inclusiveness, integrity and respect, and responsiveness.

In other words, the Little House books aren't politically correct.

Call them cranks. Laugh all you want. Consider the ALSC kooks -- but this latest effort to eradicate Laura Ingalls Wilder from our collective culture should scare you to death.

It means the modern Left isn't afraid of anything in their effort to fundamentally transform America. No target is too beloved by Americans to slow these gangsters down. No hill is too high for them to climb. No matter how many millions and millions of Americans love the Little House books and the 1970s TV series, the Left will target it -- and anything else that promotes core American values of self-reliance, independence, and endless possibilities.

The ALSC seeks to airbrush Wilder out of our American consciousness for two proffered justifications: the treatment of Indians in the books, and a minstrel show that appears in Little Town on the Prairie.

These are just pretexts, for reasons I’ll explain shortly.

The real reason the ALSC is trying to disappear the Little House books is because they articulate in so many beautiful and poetic ways why America is exceptional.   That’s what they really hate about the Little House series.

After hard lives in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and briefly in Kansas, Charles Ingalls took his family to De Smet, Dakota Territory, and lived in a claim shanty. Ingalls acquired land as part of the Homestead Act, one of the great pieces of legislation signed by Abraham Lincoln. It opened up the American West, as long as homesteaders were willing to work and develop the land.

I’ve stood on the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, South Dakota. The endless unforgiving prairie speaks to the character of these Americans who settled the West.   It has an expanse and majesty like the ocean. You simply cannot believe they built a mechanized modern civilization here out of vast nothingness. But that's the American story.