‘Peter Rabbit’ Children’s Book Series Under Attack As ‘Problematic’

  • Beatrix Potter, an author who is known for children’s stories like “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and died in 1943, is being accused of taking her stories from African slave tales.
  • Dr. Emily Zobel Marshall, a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and an expert in Postcolonial theory recently made waves in the literary world after she alleged that Potter’s beloved children tales are more likely than not taken from “Brer Rabbit,” in stories that originally date back to pre-colonial Africa.
  • “Her tales owe a debt to the Brer Rabbit stories told by enslaved Africans working on American plantations that needs to be fully acknowledged,” Marshall wrote in an article published May 19.
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