My husband accused us for reading a racist children's book to Kyleigh. The book is about three little bears building a boat (each) to go sailing. The white bear built a boat with wood. The gray bear built a boat with empty plastic bottles tied together. The black bear was lazy so he was just eating watermelon when the other two bears were working. When they were ready to launch, the black bear grabbed a big piece of sponge and call it done. Of course, the sponge boat sank and the other two bears had to rescue the black bear.
My husband claimed that the black bear was used to infer black people, because the color of the bear was black, and black people like to eat watermelons. He said the author inferred that black people were lazy and stupid.
I think what he said was non-sense. I like watermelon too, and watermelon is a very popular fruit in Taiwan (we are a sub-tropical country). I think the author chose white, gray and black only because they are the basic colors, and it wouldn't make much sense to have a red bear, a green bear, or an orange bear. I told my husband he's probably the only one who thinks like that. He said most people would think of the same thing. So I told him I am going to post this on Gather and see what everyone else's opinion is.
So, do you think this children's book is racist?