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For Young Latino Readers, an Image Is Missing
New York Times ^ | December 4, 2012 | MOTOKO RICH

Posted on 12/05/2012 6:51:16 PM PST by ConservativeStatement

PHILADELPHIA — Like many of his third-grade classmates, Mario Cortez-Pacheco likes reading the “Magic Tree House” series, about a brother and a sister who take adventurous trips back in time. He also loves the popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” graphic novels.

But Mario, 8, has noticed something about these and many of the other books he encounters in his classroom at Bayard Taylor Elementary here: most of the main characters are white. “I see a lot of people that don’t have a lot of color,” he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: books; childrensliterature; education; hispanics; latinos; multiculturalism; reading; ya; yas; youngadults
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Those darn "milieu(s)," always getting in the way of peace and prosperity.
1 posted on 12/05/2012 6:51:22 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Well then he should look at the President of Mexico who looks pretty white also.


2 posted on 12/05/2012 6:53:50 PM PST by Random Access
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To: ConservativeStatement
Be careful what you ask for Mario.

You'll get books where all of the characters are Hispanic and gay.

3 posted on 12/05/2012 6:55:00 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: ConservativeStatement

Pander, pander, pander


4 posted on 12/05/2012 6:58:29 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (Elections do have consequences, young people of America)
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To: ConservativeStatement

If “Mario” was back in his homeland everyone would look just like him


5 posted on 12/05/2012 6:59:37 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: Gay State Conservative

If we could just rid the world of white people (except gays and super rich liberals), the world would be a must happier place, more stable and undoubtedly more profitable. And by white people, I mean specifically males. Sarcasm over.


6 posted on 12/05/2012 7:02:57 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Having an abortion is "progressive"?)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Go back to Mehico and the main characters will be Mehican.
7 posted on 12/05/2012 7:03:19 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state." - Cornelius Tacitus, Roman Senator)
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To: ConservativeStatement

These people are relentless.


8 posted on 12/05/2012 7:03:51 PM PST by skeeter
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To: ConservativeStatement

Oh, give me a break. If they want “brown” kids in kids books, then they need to tell their parents not to leave Latin countries.

If I moved to Mexico, I expect I’d find it hard to find many blondes in kids books...boohoo!!!


9 posted on 12/05/2012 7:03:51 PM PST by AnalogReigns (because the real world is not digital...)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Are they kidding? There isnt a book created for kids especially textbooks that dont have the mandatory black brown yellow red and white characters.


10 posted on 12/05/2012 7:06:03 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Oh Boy Mario, do they have a show for you...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2965956/posts


11 posted on 12/05/2012 7:10:07 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Random Access
Since Philly schools are already infusing 8 year olds with racism here is a book for him:


12 posted on 12/05/2012 7:13:08 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: ConservativeStatement

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You’ve got to be carefully taught!


13 posted on 12/05/2012 7:17:11 PM PST by jimfree (In November 2016 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Hey Mario, stare at this for a while:

He's not famous for his skin color.

14 posted on 12/05/2012 7:18:26 PM PST by TChad
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To: GeronL

Uh oh....is that comparing Latinos to monkeys? Somebody better call the SPLC, quick!


15 posted on 12/05/2012 7:18:37 PM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: GeronL

About ten years ago, I was with my little nephew, and I remember watching some dopey TV show/network. In a skit, a girl who was likely 10-13 years old, pulled down the pants of a boy and a laugh track followed. Imagine if a boy stripped a girl. That is minor to what is happening in the continues denigration of our society.


16 posted on 12/05/2012 7:19:17 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Having an abortion is "progressive"?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

continued (not continues)


17 posted on 12/05/2012 7:20:24 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Having an abortion is "progressive"?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Well, that’s just rough there kiddo.

If you go to Espana you will see your progenitors are actually a bunch of white people with brown eyes. In fact, large portions of Spain were once dominated by the Moors and dem peeps is straight up white.

Got a friend who is whiter than me and of Mexican descent but, has Moorish blood in her.


18 posted on 12/05/2012 7:27:11 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I remember coming across a cable sitcom n the 90s where step brother and step sister ended up in the shower having “not sex-sex”...

ugh


19 posted on 12/05/2012 7:33:27 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: ConservativeStatement
then by all means, crack the whip on colored writers to write more colored books...
20 posted on 12/05/2012 7:40:19 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Hm, if only they taught history: the tail of Santa Anna and the Alamo comes to mind... followed by the tail of The Battle of San Jacinto.


21 posted on 12/05/2012 7:40:26 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Chode

send them coloring books, they can make the characters black, brown, purple, pink, green or whatever color they want


22 posted on 12/05/2012 7:42:10 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The content of the shows is horrible but those actor kids are being sexualized in real life


23 posted on 12/05/2012 7:44:18 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: ConservativeStatement

“But Mario, 8, has noticed something about these and many of the other books he encounters in his classroom at Bayard Taylor Elementary here: most of the main characters are white. “I see a lot of people that don’t have a lot of color,” he said.”

8 year-olds don’t think that way. It’s taught to them by their racist parents and teachers.


24 posted on 12/05/2012 7:47:12 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Shows like MTV “Skins” where they had actual minors naked and doing sex scenes.

Then supposedly innocent shows like “ICarly” where the actresses are naked on set, for real. Needlessly and pointlessly...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZBaEuD5eXw

She was about 16


25 posted on 12/05/2012 7:47:59 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
BINGO!!!
26 posted on 12/05/2012 7:48:50 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

I was thinking the exact same thing.
Calling all successful Mexican (black, asian etc) children’s authors and Mexican (black, asian etc.) illustrators and Mexican (black, asian) colorists....The children need you


27 posted on 12/05/2012 8:03:36 PM PST by ebersole
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To: Gay State Conservative
MAXINE on the election:

It seems that once again all us white folks have missed a great opportunity.

While the Blacks and Mexican people attended Obama's campaign rallies, we should have broken into their homes and gotten all our shit back.**

28 posted on 12/05/2012 8:04:38 PM PST by annieokie
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To: GeronL
I mentioned a deceased friend in the past, he escaped Cuba, died in his 40s about five years ago. He was so conservative, his beliefs were in his obituary. He'd be laughing at all this garbage.
29 posted on 12/05/2012 8:09:10 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Having an abortion is "progressive"?)
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To: ebersole
it's for the chilren...
30 posted on 12/05/2012 8:10:52 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: ConservativeStatement

He can laugh, he’s dead... we still have to live here temporarily and it’s not funny any more. Yet.


31 posted on 12/05/2012 8:11:53 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I call BS. An 8-year old would not say that.


32 posted on 12/05/2012 8:16:36 PM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: ConservativeStatement
I didn't get to the rest of the article because of the login, but the intro reads like it leads to an extremely sarcastic spoof of a hyper-ethnocentric world filled with superficial, entitled, easily-offended ingrates.

Unfortunately I suspect that this Mario kid has been programmed this way in real life.

33 posted on 12/05/2012 8:18:39 PM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

34 posted on 12/05/2012 9:05:44 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Geeez. Eight years old and already an ignorant little racist bigot. He’s going to have one hell of a career ahead of him as a murdering gangbanger.


35 posted on 12/05/2012 9:25:31 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't tax me bro! Tax that guy over there!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Capitalism is amazing. Maybe someone will write some books about pink and blue children going on adventures, and maybe someone will publish these books without pictures but with graphic descriptions of skin color. And maybe the millions of pink and blue families will purchase the books so it will be worth the cost of production for the publisher.


36 posted on 12/05/2012 9:44:33 PM PST by petitfour
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To: ConservativeStatement

So I guess the people putting out Dora the explorer, Go Diego Go, Handy Manny, etc., haven’t put out any books.


37 posted on 12/05/2012 9:47:56 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Funny this article never mentions that most of Spanish language TV and media is mainly full of white, European, non-Mestizo, non-Mullato, non-Black people

Mexican TV is even more racist....Mexico is over 90% Mestizo, but most of the actors on Mexican TV shows are very European...many have non-Spanish surnames

This article is nothing but anti-White, anti-Anglo, Hispanic Ku Klux Klan racism. There is so much more racism in the Spanish community than in the White Anglo community


38 posted on 12/05/2012 10:11:21 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Illegal Aliens do not pay Social Security...Employers do)
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To: ConservativeStatement
For the early elementary grades, lists of suggested books contain some written by African-American authors about black characters, but few by Latino writers or featuring Hispanic characters. Now, in response to concerns registered by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others, the architects of the Common Core are developing a more diverse supplemental list. “We have really taken a careful look, and really think there is a problem,” said Susan Pimentel, one of the lead writers of the standards for English language and literacy. “We are determined to make this right.”

Make it right? I think what you want to do is lie to people. It's the s.o.s. our educational system has been doing for, at least, thirty years. Trying to lifting one group by devaluing the contributions of white Americans. Tell these children the truth. Their ancestors turned their countries into third world cesspools, so their parents left and came here. They bypassed about thirty Spanish speaking countries in the Western Hemisphere to get to one of two English speaking countries. If you don't tell people the truth they'll never learn from the mistakes of others.

39 posted on 12/05/2012 10:48:28 PM PST by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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this doesn't make sense -- I read Jungle book as a kid and also various adventures of various ethnic kids. As a kid one can imagine being white, black, brown, Asian, African, Arab whatever

Why can't a black or hispanic kid imagine themselves to be English? Or Ancient Roman? Or a wizard?

Or, even if they read Babar, to be an elephant?

40 posted on 12/05/2012 10:54:28 PM PST by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: ConservativeStatement

But Mario, 8, has noticed something about these and many of the other books he encounters in his classroom at Bayard Taylor Elementary here: most of the main characters are white

Well yes. You are in America. Not Africa or Mexico. Then factor in that most of the writers are white and well....


41 posted on 12/06/2012 2:46:20 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: OneWingedShark

Let’s not forget the Battle of Gonzales. One of the best flags in American history!


42 posted on 12/06/2012 2:57:40 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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The tail of Santa Ana?

I thought the Texicans took his LEG?

Or perhaps you meant tale, LOL!

43 posted on 12/06/2012 4:04:13 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Psycho_Bunny
That's was my first thought. Kids don't notice the color of people in books unless they're taught to. This kid is a set up.

Unfortunately there IS an image missing in all readers that the schools buy and that is a family ie husband and wife raising their kids.

44 posted on 12/06/2012 4:29:27 AM PST by Varda
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To: ConservativeStatement

Maybe the future gang member doesn’t understand that the reason “white” people are in the majority of what he is reading is for the fact that this country was founded by “white” people and that most of the inventions we enjoy in today’s society were invented by “white” people.

As a matter of fact, “white” people used to be the majority in this country before his “brown” people invaded us from the south.

Just sayin’


45 posted on 12/06/2012 4:33:03 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: DH

You are in part wrong.

I would advise you to read up on the founding of Texas. There were many Mexicans involved in the revolution that gained freedom from Mexico. When you visit the shines of the Republic of Texas founding, there are old line Mexican Spanish families that played a significant role in the founding.

The same is true in New Mexico and California. If you recall, Zorro, a semimythical character was actually of Spanish heritage. California was founded by Spanish


46 posted on 12/06/2012 4:40:41 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Maybe the problem is that today’s school libraries engage in censorship. In the 1960s (when I was in elementary school) I read books like:

And Now Miguel?
Call It Courage
The King’s X
Paddle to The Sea.

Lots of books about kids of color — Asian, Hispanic, Native American, African, Pacific Islander. Good reads, if not necessarily hewing to the political correct mores of today. Wonder what happened to them?


47 posted on 12/06/2012 4:50:13 AM PST by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: No Truce With Kings

.......Paddle to The Sea.......

And don’t forget “The Tree In The Trail”

Sometime back actually I visited the starting point of Paddle to the Sea and traced the route as far as lake Michigan.

I purchased a used copy of Paddle to the Sea on Amazon for my grandson and it is in the library I am making for him.


48 posted on 12/06/2012 4:57:06 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: Alas Babylon!

> The tail of Santa Ana?
> I thought the Texicans took his LEG?
> Or perhaps you meant tale, LOL!

Good catch.
This should teach me mot to post with a kitty begging for attention on my lap!
(Get your tail out of my face!)


49 posted on 12/06/2012 6:12:24 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: bert

Your argument fails once people realize Spain is in...wait for it...Europe...and just chock full of White people.

So to be an “old line” Spanish family is to be a family of White people.


50 posted on 12/06/2012 6:24:43 AM PST by Freeeedooomm
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