Philip Nel: “Was the Cat in the Hat Black?” | Talks at Google

Philip Nel is an academic who discusses the hidden messages of race within children’s books. His latest title, Was the Cat in the Hat Black?, presents five serious critiques of the history and current state of children’s literature tempestuous relationship with both implicit and explicit forms of racism. The book fearlessly examines topics both vivid-such as The Cat in the Hat’s roots in blackface minstrelsy-and more opaque, like how the children’s book industry can perpetuate structural racism via whitewashed covers even while making efforts to increase diversity.

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