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8 Disturbingly Racist Children’s Books Designed to Devalue Black People

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Let’s Hurry or We’ll  Miss the Public LynchingIn the late 19th and early 20th century, many books were developed in the United States and the United Kingdom to propagate the devaluation of Black people in their relative societies.   Some of the books were so outrageous, comedian Bob Staake’s  made ‘Let’s Hurry or We’ll  Miss the Public Lynching‘ parody cover to bring light to the era.

Below are the real books. These few are just a fraction on the hundreds that were made during that time.

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153 thoughts on “8 Disturbingly Racist Children’s Books Designed to Devalue Black People

  1. Kevin Smith says:

    This is a damn shame.

  2. Olu Hamilton says:

    Aint. NOTHING changed.?

  3. Eve Coiffure says:

    What else is new!

  4. Same shit different day

  5. Oluwaseun Akinyele says:

    From books to Movies… They act all this things in 2000 movies .. so i see no changes.. Sorry My People.. I really wish Afrikans can help ..

  6. Cheryl Willis Hudson says:

    I would challenge you to post a positive list of 500 best multicultural books all parents and children should read. They do exist and would promote more effective alternatives for discussion. See csk lists and speak with dr. Zetta elliott and dr. Nancy tolson and dr. Debbie Reese.

  7. Twain's novel has always been taken out of context. The late Ralph Wiley & Spike Lee created a screenplay and was going to turn it into a film, but unfortunately Ralph Wiley passed away and Spike hasn't got around to putting it out in a cinematic format yet [probably lack of funding as well]. Wiley re-read Huckleberry Finn every year [gained more & more insight each reading/could've been used as a tool as to understand how easy it is to outsmart so-named whites (as one method) ] and truly understood what Twain was really saying: N****r Jim was the smartest man in the novel….put on an "act" and used the "smarter so-named white people" to un-enslave himself 😉 .

  8. …bad memory in three days.

  9. Debbie Reese says:

    Good! I found the twitter feed and responded.

  10. Cheryl Willis Hudson says:

    Check out some positive and contemporary multicultural books here: http://www.pinterest.com/gracestellame/the-diversity-within-a-firm-foundation-of-children/

  11. Sundiata Keita says:

    whats wrong with showing black people the terrible things white people have promoted?

  12. how is that even legal?!? Yikes man…

  13. oh, they are books from the 18 and 19th century. And sadly, the 'n' word is not just used as hate, but is being promoted as "cool" in mainstream rap, pop & hiphop… We need to get society straight with this… it's NOT okay to use this word!

  14. Hal Cagot says:

    How true. Most people who criticize "Huckleberry Finn" usually have never read it. It showed great friendship and loyalty between Huck and the escaped slave, Jim.

  15. Faraó Reey says:

    This is irrelevant to the topic. Sister, why are you afraid to look America's hideous past in the face?

  16. Cheryl Willis Hudson says:

    I would argue that finding and reading and sharing good children's books whose focus is African-American history and culture as well as sharing authentic multicultural content and story lines provide good literary experiences for children that help to counter the racist and stereotypical content that is out there. Everyday we see evidence of racism and stereotypical assumptions in books, movies, videos, the workplace etc., so there is no fear in looking at America's hideous past. To the contrary, the challenge becomes knowing about that history and providing readers with books that speak truth to power and providing them with content and tools to help eradicate the spread of misinformation.

  17. Monica Fulsom says:

    I agree with being positive and showing what we can do vs. what we can not. However, the reality is that our youth need to be aware of their past, what is currently happening, so they can be prepared for their future. The power of education is so imporant.

  18. I was a school librarian for many years, but I've never heard of several of these books. When I looked at copyright dates of the ones I knew were quite old. Women get a similar kind of treatment in books from those time periods. Kids of every background need to understand that the world has changed over time. I discussed that with my students almost daily. That said, there are so many great positive books for kids today. Start with any of the Coretta Scott King Award books. There are also both book lists and books about multicultural books. Ask your librarian to help you!

  19. Regina James says:

    Sundiata Keita EXACTLY! They are in DENIAL because they want to believe that everything is equal right now when it is not!

  20. Pamela Thomas says:

    Sundiata Keita …Thank you! Isn't that the point of discussing history!

  21. James Hogan says:

    No one has been abused like the melinated people. True we all gone through it, but the dark skinned people are the only ones not allowed to know there history, and they're the only ones that get there heros replaced with pale faces. So speak not with a toung of ignorance, but instead be at peace and overstand the truth. For we are all men, and we all deserve outselves.

  22. Bwire Vincent says:

    Unfortunately, the books/stories are still with us today under public friendly titles.

  23. Bwire Vincent says:

    In every situation that involves two parties, we have the right, the left and the middle. Now, assuming that the right represents white interests, the left Black interests and the middle consisting of members from both races's interests, you are addressing the middle,when the left hasn't even responded yet. That, to me, is like trying to change the law of gravity.

  24. Regina James says:

    Bwire Vincent There is no NEED to compromise with people who consume themselves with HATE and RACISM! To meet them half way would be INSANE because these type of people are not going to give in, so more than likely, you will be the one giving in and compromising. when it is not even worth it!

  25. This is evil and deplorable, I hope the devils who made these atrocities get exactly what they deserve.

  26. They now have the same type of explanations in the front pieces of Nancy Drew books from the 1930's. This language was not good and yet it was used back then, as was drunken Irish and slovenly Negress when she was trying to hire household help. Is melinated a new word we need to us as activists, James Hogan?

  27. I guess so they are all dead by now and the wages of sin is death.

  28. Jordanna Blair Caine… LEGAL? Anything can be legal, but I am glad you decided to read the article after you commented. People always feel THEIR use of a word or deed is proper as long as they are doing it. The N word is here to stay for us but not you( I assume you are Caucasian as in your photo) and I seriously doubt that will change until it is fully placed by something else.

  29. Leslie Indresano says:

    Cheryl, thank you for the list of contemporary multicultural books. I can't wait to start reading those I hadn't heard about. However, I do see value in having students (and adults for that matter) compare historical depictions of race and/or culture with that of ours today. These disturbingly racists books are useful in giving us historical perspective. (What's that saying, "those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it?") I think these could be used to promote critical thinking in our students. What was it like back then? How are things different? How are they the same? What changed? Why?

  30. Leslie Indresano says:

    Cheryl Willis Hudson, I agree, it is challenge. Simply knowing our collective history is not enough. Thank you for providing a thoughtful reply and providing a little light to guide this teacher through such darkness. (Already thinking how to use this conversation and literature in a social studies unit. Very excited.)

  31. although I try not to promote dissension between "Melanin-ite People and "Non-Melanin-ite" people…the "Whole Truth" has to be told. and for some reason it's CONVENIENTLY not told to OUR children and their parents. this is world history AFTER the "Kidnappings, Torture and Abuse periods (Slavery) while our people were "deemed" free on this Stolen "Territory" called the U.S. #THISISTHEINFORMATIONAGESOGETINFORMED!!!

  32. and as far as age goes…maybe when "Nagar-u" (Negroid) Children reach the Age of maybe 13 where it doesn't have an adverse affect on OUR "Nagar-u" (Negroid) Children. #WEAREINTHEINFORMATIONAGESOINFORMYOURSELVES

  33. Patricia Tee says:

    Wish I could get my hands on some of these, I would gladly show this to the youth I know so they can know their history.

  34. Bill Eissler says:

    And Huck STOPS calling him that, and uses simply "Jim", because he no longer sees him as an object, but as a friend and fellow human. Huck also sees how society is foolish and hypocritical and does not want to return

  35. Ayahna Maat Amenh says:

    In my experience, It has been better to first give young children our'story, as our ancient story of the pharoahs, dogon peoples, mathematics and science developed, the movement of our people to all parts of the known world and the evidence thereof as the Stone Heads, monuments in Asia, the Americas ( and JA Rodgers Great Men of Color –unfortunate has no females—and Sex and Race for the pre-teens) as a prerequisite to teaching them of the onslaughts by Whytes-Europeans. Whyt, because as someone said 'the first one to the mind gets the better foothold'. Knowing our own greatness is like an antidote, immunization to the poison of brainwashing, when given at a very early age. I have not hand problems with 4 year olds that I have had with 40 year olds (willing as they were to learn and change) who had to struggle mightyly to get rid of their negative self imagine, worship of whiteness/European culture. Four year olds who volunteered that Blacks need to be armed and ready in advance, and 40 year olds who want to 'get along' just educate Whyte folks….To me that has shown how the original innate selfrespecting mindsed of the Afrikan is destroyed, if not in the womb then rapidly thereafter. That observation experience was at once mindblowing to me. That is why all these Slave movies, even masquerading as sympathizing with the 'victim' enslaved are having just the opposite effect on the Black/Afrikan peoples toward their self esteem and motivation to liberation. Why, because, again in my experience, when the negativity is imparted to the mind first, as how we have been enslaved, castrated, raped, ridiculed, etc…on the very young mind, that image and record creates such a sense of shame, helplessnes, fear and even awe for what superficially appears as the powerfulness of Whytes to roam the planet as some sort of gods…It's like being raped then told you didn't bring it on but the rape sticks with you and takes much more work to recover than if you had been implanted with the powerfulness of self-worth before the event took place. I have seen that rape victims who where so impowered are able to regain themselves and provide more fight back than those who had low self-esteem,lack of knowledge, prior to the assault. It reminds me of how much more difficult it is to work with confused adults than confused children. The subconscious just holds on to all the mis-information and hangs around even as monumental effort and evening willingness on the part of the individual to exorcise it.

  36. Spike Cohen says:

    That is simply untrue. Slavery of Filipino and Irish and Jewish Americans continued for decades after slavery of African Americans ended. We've all been programmed to think that only blacks and natives were wronged in our history, and that's just flat out garbage.

  37. Theodora Anagor says:

    Spike Cohen Look into what actually happened to black people when you speak, what you see in films or televidion is the tip of a very large iceberg.What you stated is flat out garbage because it comes from blatant ignorance.

  38. Allin Fasho says:

    I will kill a cracker today if I see this shit

  39. Gina Newman says:

    Thats some sick ass shit

  40. Gina Newman says:

    Thats some sick ass shit

  41. Theodora Anagor says:

    That should be television.

  42. Cheryl Willis Hudson black leaders warned us about ppl like you and everyone knows if you do not know your past your doomed to repeat it. We need to teach our children this just this week affirmative action was struck down and some white guy named Clive Bundy said we had it better as slaves it is not us who needs to learn about multicultural content its them.

  43. Spike Cohen so the jews had it worse how so please tell me you don't believe that six million lie even if it did happen which is impossible look it up they still receive reparations from germany 3 billion a year from they basically control our media, politics, and money not to mention they kill the Palestinians daily and have attacked us multiple times seems to me they should be honoring Hitler

  44. Jordanna Blair Caine I beg to differ you might think that word is disrespectful but that is your opinion how about we start with getting whites to stop using the negative version (er) first then maybe we can deal with our version (a) next. I have never been called the (er) version by another black and not once has it been said to me in a negative way by blacks I find it strange people like you focus on our version and even assume we use the (er) version (they say it so why cant we) how about we stay focused on your peoples version (er). When you say –And sadly, the 'n' word is not just used as hate, but is being promoted as "cool" in mainstream rap, pop & hiphop– you obviously do not know what your talking about read that sentence again notice how you blame us.

  45. Jordanna Blair Caine I beg to differ you might think that word is disrespectful but that is your opinion how about we start with getting whites to stop using the negative version (er) first then maybe we can deal with our version (a) next. I have never been called the (er) version by another black and not once has it been said to me in a negative way by blacks I find it strange people like you focus on our version and even assume we use the (er) version (they say it so why cant we) how about we stay focused on your peoples version (er). When you say –And sadly, the 'n' word is not just used as hate, but is being promoted as "cool" in mainstream rap, pop & hiphop– you obviously do not know what your talking about read that sentence again notice how you blame us.

  46. Alan LaViscount says:

    NEVER.., EVER.., FORGET! EVER!

  47. Alan LaViscount says:

    NEVER.., EVER.., FORGET! EVER!

  48. Bryon Anderson did i blame black people? i said music (which is by all races), and society (which is all races). I think the media is probably the worst when it comes to racism and its disgusting. My fiancé is Haitian and he doesnt think black people should ever use the n word. I study and research the phenomena of how this word is used generationally, and i dont really feel inclined to justify myself, i just want you to know I am not placing blame on anyone. Hate, violence and all that negativity in the world is a ploy of the devil to turn us against each other, and i seek to change this daily in my community (where i live). I dont want this to become a back and forth argument. Many blessings to you.

  49. did you know that slavery still exists? Women and children make up millions for those who are sex trafficked now… the pain that your community has runs deep and its understandable. and i pray that the hate/pain can be given up to God and He can provide you with peace that surpasses all understanding. we can remember the history, but the needs to be let go of.

  50. did you know that slavery still exists? Women and children make up millions for those who are sex trafficked now… the pain that your community has runs deep and its understandable. and i pray that the hate/pain can be given up to God and He can provide you with peace that surpasses all understanding. we can remember the history, but the needs to be let go of.

  51. what benefits do other races reap that are actually beneficial to them? If its money then thats useless. We cannot serve 2 masters. we either serve the Lord or money, no man can gain the world and keep his soul. You are blessed, Julie and I hope that you realize that it is a ploy of the devil to divide people, and there are plenty of white people and other races that have respect for black people and treat them with love.

  52. what benefits do other races reap that are actually beneficial to them? If its money then thats useless. We cannot serve 2 masters. we either serve the Lord or money, no man can gain the world and keep his soul. You are blessed, Julie and I hope that you realize that it is a ploy of the devil to divide people, and there are plenty of white people and other races that have respect for black people and treat them with love.

  53. i think there's a difference between forgetting and still holding onto hate towards other races because of the history. Jewish people and Germans work in harmony despite their past. I think we need to look to God for healing in this area.

  54. Alan LaViscount says:

    Jordanna Blair Caine My people have been looking to God ever since the missionaries gave them the bible & asked them to close their eyes & pray. when they opened their eyes.., their land was stolen. We are the only people told to "forget" the past. The Jewish people will never let anyone forget the holocaust. The Afrikan holocaust , which continues to this day, should NEVER.., EVER.., BE FORGOTTEN! EVER!

  55. Julie Williams says:

    Jordanna Blair Caine One slavery does not compare to the other and if you knew your history you would not have made the comparison. I guess although these books still exist you see nothing wrong? Have you read them? You will never understand the pain of not knowing your origin. You can not tell by my name who I am. Williams is a slave masters name I will forever be reminded of that. Of course you would want those that suffer to look to God and not at the evil world your people are creating. The truth is I have peace and I am not in pain. But I do hate what is evil and that is this system. You turn a blinds eye and want everyone else to do the same. That's how oppressors think. You really cant speak on the subject cause you are not the one suffering. So stop pretending you understand. Have you ever been abused? Are you kidding me talking about race? You just divided us with that statement. If you didn't know the word race has everything to do with separateness. What about respect for culture? This system is set up for the white light skin race as you call it and black dark skinned people are the least to benefit or are you blind to that too. You talk about serving 2 masters? How are you living what do you drive? What luxuries do you enjoy. Then those are the benefits, just basic huh? Where has your love and respect gotten us? You don't even respect that what I'm saying is truth. The fact that I live in this, world experience it everyday and you ask me/us to get over it. What kind of love and respect is that? You ain't got enough love to fix this mess. But if you truly want unity bring change to the system that supports white supremacy, that is all I'm saying in a nut shell. You Jordanna Blair Caine never even mentioned the books. They STILL EXIST. SHAKING MY HEAD, What if the title said we find joy in killing whites?

  56. Julie Williams says:

    Jordanna Blair Caine You speak on hate as though these grown men and women don't know the difference and are angry. Insulting to say the least. We hate what's happening now and it's because of history but of course you don't see that. Are the Jews and Germans being misrepresented on a daily basis. They have there own schools or did whites go in bombing and burn them down too. We have learned that the his-story books we are given are full of lies and we are excluded unless we are serving. WE need to look to GOD for a healing… Oh my bad how are you suffering and why do you need a healing? You have yet to agree with anyone who is has an opinion against racism only that we should get over it.

  57. Julie Williams says:

    All you have to do is go to school to get books about white his- story.. We gotta go ask a librarian for help. OK I wish I had known it was that simple

  58. Julie Williams says:

    Spike Cohen which one are you? This is our present state of affairs that you speak on. Are you black? You also have been programmed to think that things are fair and equal….

  59. Julie Williams the suffering "my people create". the fact that you keep blaming white people for eveyrhig is the problem. And i can relate to you even if i am NOT black because i have the spirit of Jesus Christ in me, and HE understands your pain. I am trying to get you to understand that despite the fact that i am WHITE i understand. I have been sexually abused as a child, so please dont deflect and tell me i dont know how to overcome hurt. We all sin and treat eacother horribly, and God will be the judge and take those people to justice. I hope that one day we can move past blaming people and focusing not the evil, and help people through opression. I seek to do this at a future pastor and I know that God is powerful enough to help us be brothers and sisters and not "white and black"

  60. you speak to me as if I am a white person who is racist and wants to kill you, and I am far from that. Please do not refer to me as a whole white group of people who enslaved you, because i am not that person, and i do not want to be associated with that. My identity is in Jesus Christ, and I dont need to get into all the things Ive experienced to prove I have suffered in different or similar ways. I think the books written are disgusting, I am not denying that.

  61. Jordanna Blair Caine (but is being promoted as "cool" in mainstream rap, pop & hiphop) I think that means black no mention of country or rock which we created but tired of it and gave it away…never use the friend or husband is black line its annoying your Haitian husband feels we blacks should not use that word would he still feel that way if white ppl never called us the (er) version if that happened I am sure he would have no problem with it again all efforts must begin with them before you can correct the negative stigma of the n word…saw the green hair and looked at your profile thinking you was a racist white girl but found your a sincere person and by the looks of your photos and comments referencing god you mean no harm I see you are studying religion unfortunately at some point and time you will get to the part where the Romans created Christianity and you will learn the bible was written centuries after Jesus death I would use his real name Yaweh but facts ironically are not needed for that book please keep in mind the version your reading was written by the elite at the time and I doubt you would read it now if you knew Mitt Romney, the Koch brothers or our own government rewrote it….I do not blame the devil for our misfortunes since the devil does not exist if your into history and would like to further your education feel free to google where they got the material to write the bible it was sad to say folklore from our ancestors nothing in the bible was original no loving god would allow the rape of women to be stoned to death I am a father of 2 girls 19 and 16 in the bible lot offered his virgin girls to the men wanting to rape the male newcomer I have read the bible and find it to be appalling and should not be taught especially to blacks that book has done nothing but harm to my ppl and is only known to the world through the same violence you seek to erase without violence you would know nothing of that book so I cannot except your many blessings…I mean no disrespect and I know your a good person but please do not take this the bad way but since you really want to erase violence in this world you must start with the root of the problem.

  62. Jordanna Blair Caine what you fail to understand is your not being oppressed black ppl dont cheer and call the murderer a hero when they kill our ppl, you dont read how black cops are always killing white males did you notice the supreme court struck down affirmative action (before you agree with that ruling) read Sotomayor 58 page dissent and then come back here and tell Julie Williams SHE NEEDS TO GET OVER SLAVERY just last year the courts did away with the voting rights and on the same day the southern states who were the main reason for it in the first place went to work making it harder for blacks to vote…nobody is calling you racist but worse ppl like you always have an opinion on black culture and if you dont like us blaming whites then convert all your attention and focus to calling out the injustice that continues to this day…and please stop with the jesus quotes no loving god would ever allow his people to suffer because of some stupid apple notice the irony eve ate an apple so we all must suffer and women have to feel pain during childbirth but blame racist whites or complain about slavery oh no we have to get over it LOGIC it explains so much 🙂

  63. Julie Williams says:

    Jordanna Blair Caine stop rambling and stick to what you know, teach little children the bible.These books, the history books, TV news reports, shows and documentaries all support white supremacy. That word was/is so full of hate coming from whites that we never want to hear it coming out of your mouths again.

  64. Julie Williams says:

    Jordanna Blair Caine stop rambling and stick to what you know, teach little children the bible.These books, the history books, TV news reports, shows and documentaries all support white supremacy. That word was/is so full of hate coming from whites that we never want to hear it coming out of your mouths again.

  65. Julie Williams I agree but do not teach the bible to children its the most violent book ever written in history it was forced upon our people no loving book needs to be forced on anyone to except it

  66. Julie Williams says:

    Bryon Anderson Thank you for explaining (a) (er). We may not agree on how it is being used but some of us do understand the intent is not malicious. And Jordanna Blair Caine again has an opinion on our experiences.

  67. Julie Williams no problem I use it all the time it does not bother me because like you said malicious intent is never used by our ppl and yes if you want to have an opinion that's fine but dating or having a black friend does not make you a professor of black culture

  68. Bryon Anderson you have a tattoo on the cross on your neck but you blaspheme the bible? Have you ever read the bible? because its not violent.

  69. Julie Williams you hating on white people, is the equivalent of an black KKK. like I've said a multitude of times, i dont support these books, but there are WAY more books out there that promote racial equality and respect and love.

  70. Jordanna Blair Caine that cross is on my entire chest all the way down my abs it has my oldest daughter name going across and youngest going down its really big but it cannot be blaspheme because I do not believe in religion and has nothing to do with religion. Yes I have read the bible its the only reason why I do not believe it the history behind Christianity was created by the Romans to counter the Jews. We do not have to be enemies I am not trying to convince you not to be able to believe what you want my only concern is that you not teach it to my young African American kids for they have a tendency to believe things told to them by adults do you understand when I say the book has been rewritten by the elite and that the book was written well over 300 years after the death of "Jesus" also these stories I have stated before were copied from Egyptian folk lore. You think the bible is not violent I will only give you the violent acts of Genesis cause to do the whole bible would be to long

    Genesis

    Because God liked Abel's animal sacrifice more than Cain's vegetables, Cain kills his brother Abel in a fit of religious jealousy. 4:8

    "I will destroy … both man and beast."
    God is angry. He decides to destroy all humans, beasts, creeping things, fowls, and "all flesh wherein there is breath of life." He plans to drown them all. 6:7, 17

    "Every living substance that I have made will I destroy."
    God repeats his intention to kill "every living substance … from off the face of the earth." But why does God kill all the innocent animals? What had they done to deserve his wrath? It seems God never gets his fill of tormenting animals. 7:4

    "All flesh died that moved upon the earth."
    God drowns everything that breathes air. From newborn babies to koala bears — all creatures great and small, the Lord God drowned them all. 7:21-23

    God sends a plague on the Pharaoh and his household because the Pharaoh believed Abram's lie. 12:17

    God tells Abram to kill some animals for him. The needless slaughter makes God feel better. 15:9-10

    Hagar conceives, making Sarai jealous. Abram tells Sarai to do to Hagar whatever she wants. "And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled." 16:6

    "I will not destroy it for ten's sake."
    I guess God couldn't find even ten good Sodomites because he decides to kill them all in Genesis 19. Too bad Abraham didn't ask God about the children. Why not save them? If Abraham could find 10 good children, toddlers, infants, or babies, would God spare the city? Apparently not. God doesn't give a damn about children. 18:32

    Lot refuses to give up his angels to the perverted mob, offering his two "virgin daughters" instead. He tells the bunch of angel rapers to "do unto them [his daughters] as is good in your eyes." This is the same man that is called "just" and "righteous" in 2 Peter 2:7-8. 19:7-8

    God kills everyone (men, women, children, infants, newborns) in Sodom and Gomorrah by raining "fire and brimstone from the Lord out of heaven." Well, almost everyone — he spares the "just and righteous" Lot and his family. 19:24

    Lot's nameless wife looks back, and God turns her into a pillar of salt. 19:26

    God gets angry with king Abimelech, though the king hasn't even touched Sarah. He says to the king, "Behold, thou art but a dead man," and threatens to kill him and all of his people. To compensate for the crime he never committed, Abimelech gives Abraham sheep, oxen, slaves, silver, and land. Finally, after Abraham "prayed unto God," God lifts his punishment to Abimelech, "for the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah." 20:3-18

    Sarah, after giving birth to Isaac, gets angry again at Hagar (see 16:5-6) and tells Abraham to 'cast out this bondwoman and her son." God commands Abraham to "hearken unto her voice." So Abraham abandons Hagar and Ishmael, casting them out into the wilderness to die. 21:10-14

    God orders Abraham to kill Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham shows his love for God by his willingness to murder his son. But finally, just before Isaac's throat is slit, God provides a goat to kill instead. 22:2-13

    Abraham shows his willingness to kill his son for God. Only an evil God would ask a father to do that; only a bad father would be willing to do it. 22:10

    "Because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son."
    Why did God love Abraham so much? Because he was willing to murder his son for him. (Greater evil hath no man than this, that he is willing to kill his own son for God.) 22:16

    Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, is "defiled" by a man who seems to love her dearly. Her brothers trick all of the men of the town and kill them (after first having them all circumcised), and then take their wives and children captive. 34:1-31

    "The terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them." 35:5

    "And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord slew him." What did Er do to elicit God's wrath? The Bible doesn't say. Maybe he picked up some sticks on Saturday. 38:7

    After God killed Er, Judah tells Onan to "go in unto they brother's wife." But "Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and … when he went in unto his brother's wife … he spilled it on the ground…. And the thing which he did displeased the Lord; wherefore he slew him also." This lovely Bible story is seldom read in Sunday School, but it is the basis of many Christian doctrines, including the condemnation of both masturbation and birth control. 38:8-10

    After Judah pays Tamar for her services, he is told that she "played the harlot" and "is with child by whoredom." When Judah hears this, he says, "Bring her forth, and let her be burnt." 38:24

    Joseph interprets the baker's dream. He says that the pharaoh will cut off the baker's head, and hang his headless body on a tree for the birds to eat. 40:19

    God brought a seven year, "very grievous" famine on the whole earth for no apparent reason (except maybe to make Joseph wealthy). 41:25-32, 54

    “Christianity did not become a major religion by the quality of its truth, but by the quantity of its violence.” – Michael Sherlock

  71. Jordanna Blair Caine their is no such thing as a black kkk but if you have paid attention to the news this past week you will however see that they created a neighbor hood watch we had what was called the black panther party and they were attacked because J. Edgar Hoover felt that because the black panthers decided they would feed the school children free meals and Hoover stated this was a national threat their is no such thing as a black racist

  72. Aaron Grey says:

    Sundiata Keita I agree with you 100%…we should know this.

  73. Akua Kamau says:

    Sundiata Keita I agree with you. I see ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong in showing the great evil that has been done to our people. I also agree that we need to show the positives as well.

  74. Bwire Vincent says:

    Jordanna Blair Caine
    If you mean a White God, He has clearly let the Black man down.

  75. Bwire Vincent says:

    Bill Eissler Finally, a White who reasons. Salute to you Mr. Bill; you are officially a brother!

  76. Bwire Vincent says:

    Cheryl Willis Hudson
    Racism is deeper than you want to think, especially now that Obama is president; just the other day at the mall, this little White kid refuses to play with my daughter, because she is Black! The parents offer my wife like a thousand apologies and vacate the play area in shame; but we know where and who the kid learnt the racism from.

  77. Bwire Vincent don't waste your time bro I checked her page and noticed she is studying to become a pastor she seems to take only the good from the bible but does not realize its many contradictions she also claims to be engaged to a Haitian and Christianity did them just as wrong as us if she has a son I hope they give him the real reality of the world

  78. Huckleberry Finn is heavily criticized because it teaches children to question authority. Have you actually read it? "Nigger Jim" is the characters name I don't know if anyone actually gets called a nigger other than that. If you guys honestly believe this book belongs with the rest then you are a fucking illiterate philistine.

  79. No, for real after looking at the rest of this list Huck Finn behing on here is bullshit and you guys are illiterate. Designed to devalue black people? Go find a novel from the 19th century that assumes black people, slaves or not, might possible be human. Other than this book and maybe Uncle Tom that book does not exist.

  80. Jo Ramdeen says:

    This is from the 1940's so it's safe to say this WAS racist.

  81. It's a part of our history. So it's relevant no matter what kinds of feelings it stirs.

  82. Spike Cohen Jews owned slave ships and were known to be among the most brutal slave masters… so let's be "clear". When they were "wronged" it was a case of "europeans wronging other europeans for not being european enough" it had nothing to do with blacks or so called "native americans" -that is of course outside of the 600 thousand blacks who were also killed in that "holocaust" and the black military regiments that actually rescued over double their own number in that crisis -neither of which get so much as an honorable mention in any of those holocaust museums. There has been NO end to the enslavement of blacks (thanks to the 13th amendment and the prison industrial complex) so your whole comment is garbage.

  83. Greg Edge says:

    Um, no. The book was heavily criticized, often in the news, and on book ban lists because of the word nigger. You are wrong.

  84. Computers were invented by racists, stop using them.

  85. Greg Edge That's the recent reason this book is criticized, but it is has been banned prior for various other reasons (vulgar language, etc) the bottom line is this novel is about standing up to the status quo and questioning authority, that is why the shit heads want to ban this book.

  86. Greg Edge says:

    James Barrett "The language of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn made for its controversial condition during its first year on the shelves and into the modern world of literature. In his introduction to The Annotated Huckleberry Finn, Michael Patrick Hearn writes that Twain "could be uninhibitedly vulgar," and quotes William Dean Howells, a Twain contemporary, who wrote that the author's "humor was not for most women." However, Hearn continues by explaining that "the reticent Howells found nothing in the proofs of Huckleberry Finn so offensive that it needed to be struck out."[33]"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventures_of_Huckleberry_Finn#Controversy

  87. Greg Edge says:

    There is also mentioning of events from 1955 the book was controversial. That and the first year of print is by no means recent.

  88. Greg Edge which proves what? That some guy claimed it was vulgar to women in the context of the 19th century?

  89. Greg Edge says:

    James Barrett Ok, I thought you meant all offensive things but did you read the rest of it? is 1955 recent?

  90. Jealousy, in most cases, is the root of hatred, discrimination and what nots. Victims of racism should stand firm, device impervious mechanism and stay invincible.

  91. shame shame shame – and took this hook line and sinker…

  92. the BIBLE does and still doing more devaluation of black, and it is thee most corrupted piece of work that, in one western thinker words once said,"should be locked in a box and thrown into the deepest part of the sea,".

  93. you're soooooo right I agree with you 100%, but they use the same damn thing against every body, and I can assure you that more white people are finding it more sinister than good, isn't that ironic? lol

  94. there's what I refer to as self enslavement which entails free choice and acceptance. black people especially women, are by all means the culprits of self enslavement and the evidence is in the church. talk about blind following of this European cult that bares no resemblance of not even a single word or phrase from the bible, but all we know is that whatever it is, causes the black woman to be obnoxious , self righteous and enslave to self pride and imagery. they've became none but a sex object at first glance and hence an adversaries to the black race. rather than being a mother she's the whore in the projects, and a booty shaking, skimpy clad eye object. attention starved and soon to be the next client to the dope dealer. this is the viscous cycle for the demise of the blk family. on the other hand is selfish mr high strung on getting rich by all means necessary negro male who feeds his sexual habits, love of the good life expensive clothing , cars from the money he makes from the misery of others , wether it be his own family. seems as in every walks of life there's your average fan in the thousands. when will black people realize that breaking this cycle depends upon us to do and stop acting like house flies , if you kill one another one came at that very spot. the mistakes of others is not a pattern to be followed but, a valuable leson to be learnt. instead of us draw nearer, we push away from each other.

  95. Al Fortner says:

    The very reason why whites don't see racism or us as victims. We're not even human to them.

  96. Drewtastic Fantastic says:

    Thats because a white man made the bible!!!!

  97. Jonathan Brett Kennedy says:

    Bullshit.

  98. Jonathan Brett Kennedy says:

    The one book called "Ten Little Niggers" (#5, I think) was also the original title of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None/Ten Little Indians. She used the lyrics to move the story along.

  99. Jonathan Brett Kennedy says:

    Bryon Anderson FUCK YOU, YOU IGNORANT PIECE OF SHIT. Eleven million people died in the Shoah, six million of them Jews. Want to know who else died? Blacks, Gays, Jehovah's Witnesses, Communists, and the Mentally Ill. By denying their deaths, you are doing a disservice to them.

  100. Anthon Christopher No.

  101. well it was a white man I had quoted, and he should know better than I would, the work of his kin. lol

  102. different shit every day, lol

  103. You aren't a victim unless you want to be one. Most blacks seem to "want" to be victims of everything……so be it. Don't look for sympathy from most whites today. We're tired of your moaning and groaning. Grow up and be a man…if you can.

  104. The Bible devaluing Black people? That's ridiculous.

  105. I figure you've got it the other way around?

  106. Charles E King says:

    Bill Eissler….Huck is also fictional…..which means his change of heart was also fictional.

  107. Beulah Bell says:

    Delved its history to determine to what degree Christanity has heavily brushed other world religions…Interesting hsitorcial facts to be unearthed…Especially King James!

  108. and what have you found?

  109. Beulah Bell one of the biggest lies EVER told is about how King James supposedly perverted the translation and meaning of the bible. People who have done no research and who just go by the propaganda they hear don't know there were several other English translations long before the KJV. Uninformed people also don't know that the biblical canon in use right now was already established and universally accepted in the 300's. King James is basically irrelevant as far as the development of the biblical canon is concerned.

  110. the king james bible is a watered down version compared to it's origine, the codes syniticus. not sure I got the spelling right.

  111. While I don't agree with you, I'd be very interested in hearing you elaborate on your opinion in way that would explain how you reached the conclusion that the bible devalues Black people specifically.

  112. freedom crystal that is simple, according to psychology we become half of what we read, eat, believe etc. the bible having been the ideal tool is evidence to how the entire of Christian acts. and based upon the teachings of the bible black people seems to accept the idea that they are indeed inferior to the white race. it's simply training and programming people to accept their conditions even though it is obviously forced upon them. one verse as per example, turning the other cheek, inspite of adversity which I'm sure most people never really adhere to, except for the culprits whom that verse really refers to which should have been read ,"turn the other cheeks to the masters should you be slapped". the other aspect is the open acceptance of verse twisting and manipulation of the verses, e.g. doing away with the commandments which should have been the pillar of the church, but to the contrary.

  113. Kevin M. Oliver the king james version is a derivative of the bishops bible of 1568, which is a derivative of the great bible during the reign of king Henry the 8th. pay keen attention to this, in January 1604 King James 1st convened the Hampton court conference, where a new English version was conceived in response to the perceived problems of the earlier translation as detected by the puritans, a faction within the church of England.

  114. This is a true tragedy but why don't we counter with some wonderful positive books as alternatives.

  115. Rob Eastwood says:

    They forgot Breyer Rabbit meets the tar baby !!!!!
    That s 1 I remember !!

  116. Allin Fasho says:

    Jonathan Brett Kennedy fuck you fuck boy.

  117. Anthon Christopher Sometimes I grow tired of explaining this to our people, then I realized the one book that dictates their lives is a book they never really read and or comprehended what they were reading. As slaves we were given the worst of everything so it makes no sense to believe we were given the bible in good faith. You people need to research Horus so that you educate where Christianity came from and why your at it realize the Dec. 25th has nothing to do with Jesus birth it was copied from the winter solace.

  118. on the money, mr Byron Anderson, as if you took that straight out of my thoughts. one thing that I realized sparked from what you've mentioned is that Christianity played right into the mentality of black folk , thus they knew very well what black people likes i.e. music and dance so given this fact they allowed it into the church. what used to be hymns is now replaced by gospel depending on your culture. I remembered hip hop/rap music was being looked upon as devil music, now hip hop /rap has made it into the church, they even twerking in jesus's name. there's a saying that says," there's many ways to choke a dog, just figure out what it likes best".

  119. Bill Eissler says:

    Bwire Vincent Don't thank me, thank Mr. Clemons

  120. Dan Lee says:

    What's REALLY sad about these books featured in this article is that we have people among us TODAY that promote the use of the N-word that's so prevalent throughout these dehumanizing "books" and everywhere else Black people are hated, ridiculed, and worse. Have some of us learned NOTHING from the past?

  121. Dan Lee says:

    I love your work Atlanta Black Star, but you left one of the most well known racist writers of all off of your list. Either that or I missed it somehow. Check this out! http://thoughtcatalog.com/lakshmi-krishnan/2012/03/agatha-christies-top-ten-racist-moments/

  122. The bible has never mentioned anything about white/black race because it was not a term used to describe people in those days, but they would use their ethnicity, some people confused race with ethnicity. Going by what I understand, to be the White Race you must be Northern European in general, Southern European in particular and their descendants, then the only ones in the bible who is white are the Romans since Italians are Europeans. The rest of the Actors mentioned in he bible are blacks including the Jesus and the Apostles for none of them were European, or ever went to Europe. The Italians were the first to be converted to Christianity then they spread Christianity to Europe since they were a world power in those days and wanted to rule the world by the concept of One God, One Empire, One Emperor, we are still struggling to established one world government.

  123. Steve But says:

    They teach their kids to hate u from birth …we teach our kids to love everyone …

  124. WTF WTH WTF WTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  125. The so called white man did not write the Bible. He does not have the intelligence or wisdom to write the Bible. The Bible was written by Hebrew prophets (so called Negroes) by inspiration of the Ruach or Holy Spirit. We are the People of the Book. The so called white man stole our sacred writings such as the Bible or Torah and used them against us because we lost our identity. They did not want us to know our history and that is why we were punished for reading the Bible or any other books. The Israelites spoken of in the Bible are so called Negroes and Deuteronomy 28 explains why we are in captivity to this day. The Bible actually condemns these other nations that put us into captivity, especially the so called white man. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge Hosea 4:6.

  126. Give us an example of how the Bible devalues Black people, don't just say it or you sound like someone making something up or speaking on something they don't know.

  127. By the way, the Holy Qur'an and bible were made by the original people, who is Allah, the supreme being, or (Black man) of Asia. not by the white man.

  128. Hopefully, one is willing to end the sentence with "within the walls of Kemet, Cush, and Nubia.

  129. devalue=reduce the value of; disparage =belittle,,,, the bible like a whip , is to Christians a tool that when approached , must be with ought. I'd say so for Qur'an and muslims, but that'll be the book and not necessarily it's content until you would have read into it. it being the word of god and never claiming it is, it being the guidance for men but it's laws thrown aside. then what does that do for a person that finally reads it? from then on comes the confusion. what you would had been you now became aware of.

  130. in reference to your first line, which bible? the great bible, the alexandrias, codex syniticus, the roman catholic bible, the king james bible which has 6 books less. the n.i.v , the guideons, the n.r.v jehova's witness bible etc which one?

  131. Okay these are not and never were real. These are the work of a satirist. And he left no one out of his sights. http://www.jeremyriad.com/blog/art/illustration/politically-incorrect-childrens-books-by-bob-staake/ Soooo let's not create a story, eh?

  132. because this article isn't about that.

  133. seems like everything the Black Hebrew Israelites needs to lay claims to and justify, they say it's from a black person. e.g. all of a sudden King James is black. Please, stop the madness and besides the Bible is no remarkable work whatsoever , not even by a long shot.

  134. They know their not superior This is what they need to do to compete. Racism is the spread on their handicap. The system of racism was designed to keep them from falling behind.

  135. Frank Butler says:

    This doesn't surprise me. You won't soon see a white person admit that this stuff actually affected the thinking of their family members in this day or the ones who followed… because books don't all just disappear if you own them or if someone else does or if you go to libraries.

  136. Frank Butler says:

    While I agree with these things, I do know that a black person shouldn't have to be your friend in order to be respected as a human being. It's sad to have that be what you need in order to see someone as a person.

  137. Kay Ditty says:

    Boy you dumbfucks really are delusional! BTW, blacks in africa still have slaves you POS racist!

  138. Kay Ditty says:

    You're human to me as long as you stop whining and crying racism at every turn and take care of you and yours w/o leaning on BIG BROTHER for everything…. very human!

  139. Kadiah Moss says:

    Exactly Frank Butler. Reading Huckleberry Finn was completely horrific for me. We were made to read it as a class. Each class member one by one would stand up and read a page out loud. All I remember was being the only black kid in class and everyone laughing whenever the word "nigger" was mentioned. That book repeated that word so often. I remember being so close to wanting running out of class.

  140. Why do whites troll black websites and offer their opinions on things that don't concern them ,unless you have something positive to say get lost !! We are told to never forget 9/11 but forget and get over slavery. Go away !!

  141. I really don't think "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" can be called a racist book, much less one which was "designed to devalue black people" just because Mark Twains's characters used the word "nigger". That is how people talked in those days and Mark Twain painted a realistic picture of society's attitudes (or a certain sector of society) in those days.

  142. "The Secret Garden" racist? Oh, for heaven's sake! The protagonist is portrayed (at the start of the book) as a really horrible little girl and there is absolutely nothing to point to the author approving of Mary's behaviour! To say that the book is racist, because a horrible, spoilt little brat gets upset because the maid thought she was black, and declares that "Blacks are not people" merely reinforces Mary's unpleasant character. It doesn't make the book – or its author – racist!

  143. The Bible was written by God.
    And the Hebrews were not black. If they had been, Miriam and Aaron would not have spoken against Moses for taking a Cushite (ie. a black woman) to wife.

  144. Faraó Philosophicus What have you done for my people. You seem to be the one that irrelevant. I find her right-on!

  145. Kay Ditty says:

    I guess the Jewish people have evolved since then because you sure as hell haven't.

  146. @Kay Ditty: You confuse servitude with slavery, lynching, propaganda and white supremacy. The reason Black people don't progress is the systematic racist in place to oppress Black people. Every attempt to progress has been blocked by white people (remember the bombing of Tulsa)?

  147. Mark Twain was not a racist. Not everyone using the word nigger is racist, rappers do it all the time. Here is a quote from Mark Twain in favor of Black complexion:

    "Nearly all black and brown skins are beautiful, but a beautiful white skin is rare….Where dark complexions are massed, they make the whites look bleached-out, unwholesome, and sometimes frankly ghastly. I could notice this as a boy, down South in the slavery days before the war. The splendid black satin skin of the South African Zulus of Durban seemed to me to come very close to perfection…."

    "The white man's complexion makes no concealments. It can't. It seemed to have been designed as a catch-all for everything that can damage it. Ladies have to paint it, and powder it, and cosmetic it, and diet it with arsenic, and enamel it, and be always enticing it, and persuading it, and pestering it, and fussing at it, to make it beautiful; and they do not succeed. But these efforts show what they think of the natural complexion, as distributed. As distributed it needs these helps. The complexion which they try to counterfeit is one which nature restricts to the few–to the very few. To ninety-nine persons she gives a bad complexion, to the hundredth a good one. The hundredth can keep it–how long? Ten years, perhaps."

    "The advantage is with the Zulu, I think. He starts with a beautiful complexion, and it will last him through. And as for the Indian brown–firm, smooth, blemishless, pleasant, and restful to the eye, afraid of no color, harmonizing with all colors and adding a grace to them all–I think there is no sort of chance for the average white complexion against that rich and perfect tint." – Mark Twain.

  148. Regis Russo says:

    Simone Kessler, unfortunately you got your facts all wrong! the stories in the bible took place in the middle east, north africa and part of east africa as well….way back then there were NO CAUCASIANS in those places, so go figure…oh by the way, read about Moses when God ordered him to put his hand inside his clothes and then pulled it out, it was white like albino then his hand turned back to the color of his whole body…so do figure that too…if he was white what comparison would there be…basically there unhappiness about moses taking a cushite woman is based on ethnicity and region just like there are french, german, british, polish, russian…and yes, some don't agree when they intermarry to let's say french and polish…. I really don't think Moses was having jungle fever…NO! you seeing things based on your current mind set… and by the way the so called hebrew or jew in israel rightnow are FAKE JEWS… When Christ come back he will make them bow to the real jews check it out in revelation where it talks about the fake jews who are a synagogue of satan…remember, the fake christ comes first and he is already establishing his seat in jerusalem to rule the world but not for long..because the real One is coming to get him and all those who are governing this world in an evil way and you know exactly who they are….repent you may get a chance…

  149. Chris Bowers says:

    Twain? Seriously?

    He used the word over 200 times to point out how stupid it was.

    It's a book against racism. Which means it's going to be ABOUT racism. That doesn't make it racist, it's the exact opposite.

    I remember hearing that word a lot in "12 Years a Slave"…

  150. It's really a shame how they even have the dogs and chickens looking so happy to see a black person getting lynched on the cover of Let's Hurry! Or We'll Miss The Public Lynching! Even the old man with the cane is running.
    Also, notice how many of the titles have the word "little" in them. It's to reinforce the insignificance of black bodied people. Where does this hatred stem from? Why is the shade ever intense?

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