Canadian schools hold book-burning ceremony for ‘reconciliation’

An Ontario school board held a symbolic book burning to advocate reconciliation and support Indigenous peoples. The board now regrets the move.

Radio Canada first reported the “flame purification” ceremony by the Conseil scolaire catholique Providence who burned some 30 books for “educational purposes.” The board, which oversees elementary and secondary schools in southwestern Ontario, said the books’ ashes were then used as fertilizer to plant a tree.

“We bury the ashes of racism, discrimination and stereotypes in the hope that we will grow up in an inclusive country where all can live in prosperity and security,” according to a video about the book burning. More than 4,700 across 30 schools have since been destroyed or are in the process of being recycled, Radio Canada reported.

Lyne Cossette, the board’s spokesperson, told the National Post that they formed a committee with input from “many Aboriginal knowledge keepers and elders.”

They “participated and were consulted at various stages, from the conceptualization to the evaluation of the books, to the tree planting initiative.”

More than 4,700 books were removed from library shelves at 30 schools, and they have since been destroyed or are in the process of being recycled.

Asked about the book burning, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said it’s not up to non-Indigenous people “to tell Indigenous people how they should feel or act to advance reconciliation.”  “On a personal level, I would never agree to the burning of books,” he said. (A small comfort.)

More at Post Millennial 

Are we far behind? Recall this B-ville post earlier this year.

Ebay barring reselling of six Dr. Seuss books

This is not going to end well. Did we ever think we would come to this? Scary stuff. This is only the beginning and it must be stopped now.

Dr. Seuss’ “canceled” books are becoming rarer by the minute.

EBay is barring users from reselling the six Dr. Seuss books that will no longer be printed due to their “racist” imagery — a move that comes after the books started going for hundreds of dollars on the auction site.

“EBay is currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items,” an eBay spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal in an email.

The announcement comes after Dr. Seuss Enterprises, which publishes the author’s books for Penguin Random House, said it would no longer print six titles — “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” Scrambled Eggs Super!,”


Chizad said he tried to sell a copy of “And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street” on eBay only to get an “offensive material” message Thursday.

“We had to remove your listing because it didn’t follow our Offensive material policy,” the message said. “Listings that promote or glorify hatred, violence, or discrimination aren’t allowed.”

Chizad’s selling fees were refunded “as a courtesy,” the message said.

More  New York Post

Taking down our statutes, our history, our books and our culture. When is the GOP here going to grow a spine? We have seen this play once before.

A 165-page school board document includes analysis of all the books removed from shelves, Radio Canada reported.

Among them are classic titles, such as Tintin in America, which was withdrawn for its “negative portrayal of indigenous peoples and offending Aboriginal representation in the drawings.”

Also removed were books that allegedly contain cultural appropriation, as well as outdated history books, such as two biographies of Jacques Cartier, a French explorer who mapped the St. Lawrence, and another of explorer Étienne Brûlé.

I’m not sure what kind of cultural appropriation they’re talking about, but perhaps readers can enlighten me.

From Why evolution is true

On May 10, 1933, more than 25,000 volumes of “un-German” books were burned in the square in front of the State Opera in Berlin. Many other German cities and towns followed suit. The Nazi book burnings symbolically marked the censorship, intolerance, and terror of the Nazi regime. We know what then came next…

Other than that all is well in the swamp.

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