Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Florence K. Upton's


These decks contain images that may be considered
racially and ethnically offensive by today's standards. 

I made this deck because I love, without reserve, the stories and art of Florence K. Upton, and love, without reserve, all of the characters in the books that she wrote and illustrated -- in the same way and for the same reasons that I love the Oz characters created by L. Frank Baum and the Raggedy Ann characters created by Johnny Gruelle. Because she failed to protect her work legally, other artists (less talented and considerably more mean-spirited) were able to co-opt her characters and present them in, to put it mildly, less flattering terms. This deck is not about any of those other iterations of the character. This deck is about the beautiful and good-hearted books created by Florence K. Upton.

bigot |ˈbiɡət|
a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions

A few shrill voices are trying to force me to discontinue publishing this deck. They are basing their hatred upon an entire history of racial imagery, and refusing to examine Ms. Upton's work on its own merits, refusing to look beneath the surface, refusing to look at the CHARACTER behind the COLOR. This, to me, is the definition of True Racism. 

Please note that I believe Censorship is as great an Evil as Bigotry; and possibly a greater one, because it encourages Bigotry and is in fact the preferred tool of Bigots, Fascists and other people the world over who want nothing more than to deny history and prevent free and open discourse. Whatever you feel about the content of this deck, censorship is not and can not be the answer. Decide for yourself how YOU feel, and then allow others the same privilege.