The Winnipeg Library has pulled copies of the comic Tintin in America to review the portrayal of indigenous peoples in the 85-year-old book.
It’s a sensitive case that pits censorship against historic racism in a city recently branded the most racist in Canada.
But can we really sanitize the past? And should we?
“You don’t really serve anybody’s interests by whitewashing the past; by pretending that bad things didn’t happen,” Franklin Carter, who is from the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee, told Yahoo Canada News.
The best solution is to move the books to adult sections and allow the historic portrayals to inform public discussion today, he said.
“Adults can learn how perceptions of aboriginal people have changed over the years, and they can learn something about stereotypes,” Carter said.
Neither Chapters nor the Winnipeg Public Library responded to requests for comment.
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