Karen MacPherson, children’s and youth services coordinator at the Takoma Park Maryland Library, warned readers about the “overt” racism embedded in the “Little House” series of children’s books [“The racist content in ‘Little House’ books,” Free for All, Feb. 25]. How gracious of her library to keep the books available, albeit with parental warnings (which will probably help ensure that some children will never be allowed to read them).
I suggest some further reading: Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” about a future world in which firemen seek out and burn books because they are considered dangerous. In particular, please read Bradbury’s coda to the 1979 edition, in which he decried those who would modify his work to meet their opinion of what is, and isn’t, socially acceptable in literature. “I will not go gently onto a shelf, degutted, to become a non-book,” Bradbury wrote. “All you [literary] umpires, back to the bleachers. . . . It’s my game. I pitch, I hit, I catch. I run the bases. . . . And no one can help me. Not even you.”
Daniel Campbell, Annandale