Reader Angela sent in this video where she takes us through the Disney published children’s book – It’s A Small World: Furry Friends. She sees something askew and possibly racist in the lesson the book is imparting to young children.
I’m in the middle of the road on this one. The author of this book obviously went out of their way to show a racially diverse world of many colors. That there was no child in Africa seems more like an omission related to an over-abundance of caution so as not to seem racist. But it could be interpreted both ways. So does the absence of a child in Africa look bad, yes. But does that one omission in an otherwise sensitive book mean the book is racist? I don’t think so.
Do you agree or disagree with Angela’s observation? Should Disney fix the book to avoid even the appearance of racism?