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June 28, 2016

Rose Red, Snow White, and Bad Jew

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(the source for the image is an illustration by ©Ruth Sanderson)

I found, in a children’s section of a local library, a large-format book with a colorful cover and the title “Rose Red and Snow White”, “Retold [from brothers Grimm] and illustrated by Ruth Sanderson”.
The relevant detail here it that the tale includes a repulsive antagonist – a rich, greedy, ungrateful, rude, scheming, thieving, cruel dwarf. Quite an odious character.
The illustrator chose to present this character as a stereotypical cartoonish Jew:RoseRedSnowWhiteNotes_html_4e9c5c76

This is the most telling picture in the book as regards the dwarf’s ethnicity, though the others support the same stereotype.

And I could not find anything close to this level of stereotyping in any other printed version of the tale.


Now, I am all for the freedom of speech and press – but a children’s book? In children’s sections in several libraries around? 

I understand that there are much more pressing problems related to antisemitism.
However, subjecting children in their very impressionable age to direct associations between the most egregious behavior and typical Jewish facial characteristics – isn’t it one of the seeds, from which come weeds of antisemitism? 

Just very recently, the American Red Cross have had to apologize for and remove pool safety posters, where dark-skinned kids were often chosen to illustrate forbidden behavior.


I think that children’s books deserve no less attention.


I tried to contact the artist via e-mail, found on her personal Web site, but I get no reply back.

(The editions are of 1997, 2013 and 2015 years (the last has ISBN 978-1-566656-910-1) )

August 28, 2015

Links to my pictures on Facebook

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New
photoline:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10204534132326620.1073741863.1032594758&type=1&l=100c973851

Arizona:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10205451693905086.1073741866.1032594758&type=1&l=f6bd31ce0c

Lyman estate:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10205172441003938.1073741865.1032594758&type=1&l=00ef48e296

Mount Monadnock:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10204121340727088.1073741860.1032594758&type=1&l=a0c5042cf8

Dublin travelogue:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10203081489411455.1073741857.1032594758&type=1&l=50567c282b

"Melody":

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10203327869570805.1073741858.1032594758&type=1&l=0fb84be151

Walden – fall 2013:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10202295502522274.1073741851.1032594758&type=1&l=e5caa441ae

Walden – Walking on (frozen) water:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10202213978804232.1073741849.1032594758&type=1&l=2e2364ab53

Walden – flora and fauna of melting
ice:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10202084477766787.1073741846.1032594758&type=1&l=f39a17dd92

Walden Pond on12/16/2013 – a day of
blue:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10202051388419574.1073741843.1032594758&type=1&l=86eea0c7d3

Walden Pond 11/15/2013 – Sunset:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10201820447326191.1073741833.1032594758&type=1&l=2921b0ce9e

Clouds over Walden:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10201763332058345.1073741832.1032594758&type=1&l=15d71f5f1c

It was a foggy morning at Walden…:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10201568470066917.1073741830.1032594758&type=1&l=2d8c5f8061

Foliage in Waltham, MA:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10201596041956197.1073741831.1032594758&type=1&l=32bb6a692d

May 12, 2009

Down by the Riverside – Hi-tech

Filed under: human condition,Opuses — slashdown @ 11:06 am
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Gonna lay down my gray laptop
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Gonna lay down my gray laptop
Down by the riverside
Ain’t gonna study code no more.

Refrain:
I ain’t gonna study code no more,
I ain’t gonna study code no more,
Study code no more.
I ain’t gonna study code no more,
I ain’t gonna study code no more,
Study code no more.

Gonna stick that RAM in the golden sand;
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Gonna stick that RAM in the golden sand
Down by the riverside
Gonna study code no more.

refrain

Gonna smash that drive with the heavy rock
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Gonna smash that drive with the heavy rock
Down by the riverside
Gonna study code no more.

refrain

Gonna use what’s left as a beer tray
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Gonna use what’s left as a beer tray
Down by the riverside
Gonna study code no more.

refrain

Gonna strip from me that office garb
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Gonna strip from me that office garb
Down by the riverside
Gonna study code no more.

refrain

Gonna put on me my tie-dyed things
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Gonna put on me my tie-dyed things
Down by the riverside
Gonna study code no more.

©Kberd.

February 14, 2009

Water, snow, bird

Filed under: Nature — slashdown @ 11:05 pm

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Ice on Walden Pond

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December 27, 2008

A car with a past

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Taken with a phone camera (MOTO  vu204.) Clickable.
A car with a past

A car with a past

November 30, 2008

Wal-Mart shoppers trampled NY worker

Filed under: human condition — slashdown @ 9:05 pm
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See, for instance, http://apnews.myway.com/article/20081129/D94OJ4NG0.html

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Where the buck stomps

Most probably, we will never know who trampled Jdimytai Damour to death.

And we will never know who trampled other, more fortunate people.

And we will never know who pressed ahead, not allowing any help to reach Damour.

But we know why.

They crushed and trampled and pressed and stomped not because they were hungry, and there was a limited supply of bread.

They pushed and shoved not because they tried to get a remedy against a devastating disease.

The went over the bodies of others not because killers were chasing them.

No, no. They wanted to save.

They wanted to save money.

They wanted to save money buying large-screen TVs, digital cameras and other things, which they saw as no less vital than bread, medicine and their survival in general.

What kind of horrible virus converted them from humans to consumer beasts?

We all know the answer: it oozes from our TV screens, which are getting larger and larger.

November 15, 2008

Boston skyline from the Prospect Hill, midday (large image)

Filed under: photos — slashdown @ 12:32 pm
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Boston skyline 11/9/08

November 11, 2008

Walden Pond after sunset

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Walden in the dusk

Walden in the dusk

Sky over Boston at sundown (from the Prospect Hill)

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Boston at sundown

Boston at sundown

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