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Scholastic has stopped circulation of a children’s graphic novel by Dav Pilkey, the creator of the Captain Underpants series, saying it “perpetuates passive racism.” The publisher said it made the decision last week to pull the book, The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future, with Pilkey’s “full support.” The book was first published in 2010, but Pilkey said in a letter posted on his YouTube Channel last Thursday that it was only brought to his attention last week that it contained “harmful racial stereotypes.” “I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly apologize for this,” Pilkey wrote. “It was and is wrong and harmful to my Asian readers, friends, and family, and to all Asian people.” [The New York Times]


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