Canada: A 1932 Belgian Comic Book Removed From Winnipeg Public Library Collection Pending Review
From the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund:
The 1932 Belgian comic Tintin in America has run into trouble in Winnipeg, Canada, this past week, first when it was temporarily pulled from the sales floor of a Chapters bookstore and then when it was removed from the city’s library system, perhaps never to return. Some First Nations activists say the book should not be sold because it contains offensive stereotypes and misinformation about Native Americans.
The book was back on sale at the Chapters location last Monday, but the press coverage apparently prompted Winnipeg city leaders to look into whether it was also in the public library collection. As it turned out bothTintin in America and Tintin in the Congo, another frequent target of complaints, had been moved in 2006 to a special collection for historical research in children’s literature, but that collection was disbanded in 2013 and the America volume found its way back to regular shelves. A city spokesperson said it has been removed pending review.
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