Readers respond to ‘Tintin’ controversy at Amherst’s Jones Library

Last modified: Saturday, February 01, 2014
EDITOR'S NOTE: In recent weeks we've received numerous letters from readers about parents' efforts to have "Tintin" books, which contain racial stereotypes, relocated from the children's section at the Jones Library in Amherst, and library officials' subsequent refusal to do so. These letters are collected below.

Protecting children is not censorship. A picture is worth a thousand words and the more I think about it, the more I think these books belong in the history section rather than the children’s room. (Read more...)

Young children understand stories from a moral perspective that reflects their developmental age, good versus bad. When bad is associated with one race or ethnic group and good with European ancestry, early values are being learned. (Read more...)

The song and dance around “free speech” and censorship continues to cause incredible anxiety, pain and hardship for people; and it perpetuates cycles of violence and hate. (Read more...)

We all suffer as a community if racism is purveyed as normal, only a thing of the past or applicable only to a few. (Read more...)

I commend the Jones Library for their difficult but absolutely necessary and correct decision not to remove these books from the children’s shelves where they belong. (Read more...)

We sanction aggressive behavior when we do not clearly identify racist images, nor interrupt the violence they portray. (Read more...)

It is not coincidental that those of us who spoke to the board all have kids of color. Do we care about censorship? Yes! We also care for the welfare of our children. (Read more...)

I applaud the Amherst parents who are concerned about what their children see and read. We are so fortunate that we live in an area where many of us are aware of the scourge of racism, and where many of us struggle toward greater understanding of white privilege. (Read more...)