The sickest colouring book for kids. Ever.
Seriously? How could anybody think that this is patriotic? Racial profiling and bigotry isn’t any less of either just because you make it a children’s colouring book:
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, one publisher has memorialized it in a manner that’s generating a lot of controversy. Instead of appealing to kids with doe-eyed puppies and flowers, his new coloring book, “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom,” offers children drawings of the Twin Towers burning and Osama Bin Laden in the moments before he was shot hiding behind one of his wives.
And while the publisher says the doodles represent patriotism, some Muslims are arguing that the book promotes the same stereotypes that have haunted Muslim Americans for years.
Wayne Bell, publisher of Really Big Coloring Books, Inc., in St. Louis, says that the book is a memorial tribute. “It is an informational piece to help educate children on events on 9/11,” Bell said. He added that it is “a simplistic, honest tool.”
As he describes it, the book is a 12-hour narrative of the events that happened on the day that forever changed America. Kids can color in the twin towers, Navy SEALS, former president George W. Bush, just to name a few. The graphic novel depicts the attacks by showing mourning Americans and alluding to the patriotism that brought the country together. In his interview with ABC News, Bell mentioned the songs included in the book, such as “God Bless America” and how the book quotes President Bush saying, “These acts shutter steel but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”
Such words are traditionally associated with hope, resolve, and bravery. But these aren’t the words that Dawud Walid is focused on.
“It’s disgusting,” Walid said.