The latest thing some American college professor has deemed racist — in addition to coconut bras, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and zero tolerance rules — is children’s picture books.
The professor is Melanie Koss of Northern Illinois University, just beyond the last suburban outpost of Chicago.
According to Koss, an associate professor in the NIU education department, 75 percent of the main characters in children’s picture books published in 2012 were white. Also, 45 percent of those children’s picture books showcased white culture — whatever that is — as the primary cultural milieu.
Koss, who as a college-level professor specializes in books written for children and young adults, explained that her research consisted of investigating the contents of 455 books for little kids.