Black Lives Matter: Now Enid Blyton is cancelled

Black Lives Matter: Now Enid Blyton is cancelled. By Az Munrallee.

Prolific children’s writer Enid Blyton’s work has been linked to ‘racism and xenophobia’ by English Heritage after a review of its blue plaques following last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests.

The celebrated English children’s author has enchanted millions of young readers for a century with tales of adventure, ginger beer and buns, selling 600 milllion books in 90 languages.

But Ms Blyton, whose books have been among the world’s best-sellers since the 1920s, has been linked to racism in updated Blue Plaque information produced by charity English Heritage on its website and app.

It says: ‘Blyton’s work has been criticised during her lifetime and after for its racism, xenophobia and lack of literary merit. In 2016, Blyton was rejected by the Royal Mint for commemoration on a 50p coin because, the advisory committee minutes record, she was ‘a racist, sexist, homophobe and not a very well-regarded writer’. …

Critics have slammed the decision, saying important cultural figures are under attack from a ‘woke cult’ of ‘rabble-rousers’ who want ‘to denigrate British history and its figures’.

Dominic Sandbrook:

Despite her books’ alleged lack of merit, they have been translated into almost a hundred languages and have shifted at least half a billion copies.

What does that tell you? That there are hundreds of millions of mugs in the world? Or, more plausibly, that Blyton had got something? …

Where books are concerned, there’s only one test that matters. What do the readers think? And for almost a hundred years the answer has been clear. Children love them.

For small readers, Blyton’s naïve simplicity, so irritating to the critics, is a delight. Even now, I can still recall the excitement I felt when Peter and Mollie’s Wishing Chair was about to carry them off to some exotic new world, or when the children at the top of the Faraway Tree found themselves in the Land of Birthdays. And when, a few years ago, I read the Secret Seven stories to my son, I might have been struggling to stay awake, but he was eagerly sketching out plans for a Secret Seven of his own. …

Why then, has Blyton attracted such opprobrium? Not, I think, because of her racism and sexism. If that were the case, you could cancel almost every children’s writer before the 1960s.

The real answer is obvious. Blyton committed two sins that most highbrow critics find utterly unforgivable. First, she sold a colossal quantity of books. And second, she was a middle-class woman. And as the best-known children’s writer of our times will tell you, there’s nothing some people hate more than a successful woman.

I enjoyed many Enid Blyton books from ages 6 to 10. Is cancelling Enid Blyton yet another way for the left to tell me how much they hate me, of delegitimizing my childhood? Another way of tearing down white identity and boosting non-white identities, so as to receive the votes of the non-whites?

It’s a simple strategy: win over non-whites with favorable discrimination and bribes, while inveigling ever more non-whites to vote in western elections. A plot so simple that Enid Blyton could have explained it to children.