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Old 29 October 2014, 03:31 AM
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Old 29 October 2014, 04:36 AM
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The logo at the top matches to the Homework Helpers series from Frank Schaffer Publications. There's a bunch on Amazon.com with the "Look Inside" option that display several pages from inside the book but I can't spot that exact one, it might be a really old book that's not currently in print.
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Old 29 October 2014, 11:17 AM
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Even if it is an unedited page it hard to judge racism based on one page.
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Old 29 October 2014, 11:27 AM
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Yep. Also I had a quick preview of the content of a bunch of Homework Helpers books on Amazon and they seemed to go to great pains to be inclusive and diverse.

Then again the books I looked at were mostly published recently and they've been continuously publishing books since at least the early 80s so I can't assume that the books I saw were representative of every book they've ever printed. Similarly there's no way of knowing whether the photo in the OP was cherrypicked to make things looks bad or was maybe even photoshopped without someone tracking down the actual book.
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Forgive me if I'm just being dim but what is the racism here? Is it that the white faceless horrors have good emotions and the black faceless horrors have bad ones? Or something else that I'm not noticing?
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Old 21 November 2014, 11:08 AM
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Yes, the idea is that the black children are sad and angry while the white children are happy and proud, which, while not necessarily racist on the surface, is something of a trigger point because of the long history of racism in this country. Most people in the US would "get it" while I would expect those outside the country would not.
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Old 21 November 2014, 03:58 PM
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Yes, the idea is that the black children are sad and angry while the white children are happy and proud, which, while not necessarily racist on the surface, is something of a trigger point because of the long history of racism in this country. Most people in the US would "get it" while I would expect those outside the country would not.
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Yeah, context matters. I thought that must be it but I wasn't completely sure.
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I didn't realize you had to study to be a racist, or that they gave you homework to do.
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Old 21 November 2014, 08:31 PM
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I didn't realize you had to study to be a racist, or that they gave you homework to do.
Of course you do - You have to be carefully taught!
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Old 21 November 2014, 09:21 PM
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I didn't realize you had to study to be a racist, or that they gave you homework to do.
LOL, good point. I see similarities with Australia's Dick and Dora series of child learning books, (later copied in the US as Dick and Jane). They were described as very waspish. My mother, a teacher, said that nowadays, you are more likely to see Achmed and Junji rather than a Dick and a Dora.
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