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Scholastic pulls a book by the author of “Captain Underpants” for “Passive Racism”

Scholastic has pulled from the shelves a popular children’s book written by the author of the “Captain Underpants” series to promote “passive racism.”

The publisher has announced that it will not distribute Dav Pilkey’s 2010 graphic novel “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future.”

so Statement announcement Last week, Scholastic said the decision was made with the “full support” of the children’s book authors.

“Together, we recognize that this book will perpetuate passive racism. We deeply apologize for this serious mistake.”

“Scholastic has removed this book from its website, stopped fulfilling orders (domestic or international), contacted retail partners to explain why this book was no longer available, and returned all inventory. We will take steps to notify schools and libraries that may still publish this title of the decision to cancel the publication. “

Author Dave Pilky.
Scholastic states that Pilky’s book “perpetuates passive racism.”
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Pilky behind the popular “Dogman” and “Captain Underpants” series also shared an apology letter. YouTube In it, he explained that the book was intended to “introduce diversity, equality, and non-violent conflict resolution.”

“But this week, I’ve noticed that the book also contains harmful racial stereotypes and passively racist images,” he writes.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly apologize. It was wrong and harmful to my Asian readers, friends, family, and all Asians.”

The decision not to print this book is made after six Dr. Seuss books have been pulled due to racist and insensitive images.

Scholastic pulls a book by the author of “Captain Underpants” for “Passive Racism”

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