I went to my local Barnes & Noble to check out the latest in Trump Derangement Syndrome and to see if I can find a book that could give me a thorough description of the President’s penis. Thank God, Stormy Daniels is coming out with a book that will finally give us a close account of what Donald Trump’s genitals look like. I’ve been losing sleep over the lack of transparency in Trump’s pants for months! Yay for porn stars who remember in close detail how a penis they allegedly saw once 12 years ago looks like. I don’t know how we were ever going to live again without knowing all the details. Anyways, browsing around, I noticed this atrocity. Inspiring Books to Empower Young Readers.
This is obviously one of the many displays that Barnes & Noble puts together every week/month and each time, the display revolves around a different topic. This time, the bookstore has decided to advise young readers/children on how to get empowered and what exactly should be inspiring them. I can already feel the inspiration bursting through my veins.
Let’s take the time to examine every single one of the titles, shall we?
- Turning Pages : My Life Story by liberal Obama-appointed Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. We’re already off to a good start!
- What’s the Big Deal About Elections by Ruby Shamir, because the Midterms are coming in about a month and of course we have to let children know that they have to vote…Democrat, of course. The author, Ruby Shamir, is a friend of the Clintons and officially endorses Democrat candidates on her Twitter account, so it goes without saying. The Democrat way is the right way, kids, don’t you dare ask why, just go out and vote!
- FIRST GENERATION: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great because f*ck Donald Trump, he is a racist xenophobe who hates immigrants and immigrants are the reason America became great in the first place (you know, it has nothing to do with the revolutionary idea of individual freedom, God-given rights, limited government, entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, capitalism and free market economics…)
- W is for Welcome: A Celebration of America’s Diversity because f*ck Donald Trump twice as hard. Borders are a social construct and f*ck borders.
- What Can a Citizen Do which so far has the most diverse looking cover I’ve seen on a book. No white men, which is awesome! F*ck white men! If we can take away their citizenship, then we could finally achieve world peace.
- The Cat in the Hat with One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote because children know way more about politics than adults and drawing from the rest of the titles on the display the only way to vote is Democrat. Duh!
- Notorious RBG, the Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, another liberal judge, this one appointed by Clinton (I’m seeing a pattern over here, I don’t see anything about Justice Scalia or Thomas, I wonder why…)
- Roses and Radicals because Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders would have been too obvious.
- We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices because…you guessed it, f*ck Donald Trump, children have to learn how to resist from the outside, from the inside, from everywhere all the way up to the White House, resistance is the way.
- Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. Now you would think, ok, great, a novel, the first one of the bunch. Except it’s a novel about an immigrant girl and her first year in the US without knowing English, because f*ck Donald Trump and his racist idea that people who immigrate to the United States should know English. Next!
- My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope. Now repeat after me, children. F*ck. Donald. Trump. Goooood. F*ck. Donald. Trump. Perfect! Next! (Also, remember, we still haven’t skipped a single title in this children’s collection!)
- Illegal, a graphic novel (You’d think they wouldn’t add a comic book, are you kidding me! Kids love comic books!) “that explores the current plight of undocumented immigrants” according to Google books. Now can I get an AMEN for f*ck Donald Trump once again! Next!
- It’s Your World : Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! by Chelsea Clinton, because OH MY GOD, the Clinton clan just WON’T GO AWAY and we have to keep listening to their wisdom. Now the poindexters may say “But it’s an inspiring book for children and Chelsea Clinton is not a politician! Leave her alone!” Sure, I’ll leave her alone when I see her book next to Charlotte Pence’s actual children’s book about her rabbit. Besides, It’s Your World is, in fact, a political activist book that includes chapters on Gender Equality, Climate Change, and Poverty.
- Someone Like Me : How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream. Okay, do I need to keep repeating the same thing over and over? We get it, you hate Trump. But what do so many stories about people committing a Federal crime have to do with inspiring children?
- The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande, which is yet another memoir about an illegal immigrant crossing the border and their hardships doing so. How about applying for a visa? How about doing it the right way? How about working for the right to be in a certain country? Have you thought about that, or is that too racist?
- A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, which is apparently another memoir by a woman, this time it has to do with refugees from Sudan. This one has to instill, of course, the idea that refugees are ALWAYS a good thing and we should welcome every refugee with open arms. What’s happening in Europe is just a figment of people’s imagination, don’t worry, ALL refugees are good.
- I Am Malala is probably the only title that would be appropriate in this section, since her story could be categorized as inspiring, but I’d be a lot more thrilled if I saw her book among a better curated and more balanced choice in this display. Oh, and don’t mind that her book was placed on the bottom row. I mean, before children learn that Muslim countries don’t allow women to go to school, kids HAVE to learn how oppressive and misogynist Donald Trump is. Now bear with me, we got two more titles.
- Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood. Now this is an interesting one. It’s set during World War II and tells the story of a bunch of boys who are struggling to survive on a lifeboat. I don’t know what the unbiased curator was thinking here. Maybe they failed to read the description on this one, thinking that Lifeboat 12 has to be about illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican Gulf or “refugees” crossing the Mediterranean. Who knows? But it somehow ended up in this selection.
- Last but certainly not least, we have You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World, which is a “kids’ guide to activism for those with a fierce sense of justice” according to Google books. In other words, Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals but this one is the special Children’s Edition. You gotta get your future activists’ feet a little wet before you put a pussy hat on their head and a “This pussy bites back!” sign in their hands.
Whew, someone HAS TO give me a medal! Going through all of these was pure torture.
Now my problem is there is not even ONE title (Ok, except for maybe two) that evokes even the slightest semblance of neutrality, let alone a differing right-leaning or even libertarian opinion. Every single one of these titles is left-leaning. Some of them far-left leaning and straight up promoting a Federal crime like it’s the most righteous and honorable thing to do ever and THAT is a problem. What is even a bigger problem is this is a display directed at young children. Shaping their opinions and worldview, what is right and what is wrong, what they should get inspired by and what they should oppose.
The truth is young people and children should be introduced to all sides of a story, they should be objectively educated and introduced to all kinds of opinions and viewpoints. This choice of titles does not educate, it indoctrinates, it brainwashes, and it shows the world through a one-sided prism. This is not innocuous. This is the foundation upon which a young mind is going to develop into an individual who will inevitably think that someone is a straight up Nazi if they don’t agree with him or her. Then we wonder how we ended up with emotionally incontinent young people who become hysterical over a political candidate losing an election, or the safe spaces that young adults supposedly need to shelter themselves from opposing opinions. This is how. And it is wrong, it is unhealthy, and frankly, it is very frightening.
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