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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

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ACLU says a camel could have gotten into Farmer McGregor's cabbage patch

Chicago, IL - The Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and the American Civil Liberties Union, in conjunction with the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender community, are demanding that the children's book 'The Tale of Peter Cottontail' be rewritten to include a wider representation of ethnic, sexual and species diversity.

A press release from the group says "'The Tale of Peter Cottontail' is obviously skewed towards brown rabbits of heterosexual orientation. Not only are all of the primary characters brown rabbits, but there is no indication that any of them are lesbian, gay, transgender or bisexual. We believe the siblings should be more diverse in order to represent a wider variety of animals. One of the siblings could be a dark brown lesbian raccoon, one could be a black transgender chipmunk. Those are just examples - there are many possibilities."

The press release goes on to say that the story is obviously meant for a white audience, as the tail on the main character is the color of cotton, which is of course white. Additionally, the groups say the fact that the tail is made of cotton is a direct comment on the benefits of slavery and having African-American slaves pick cotton.

The groups demanded that the author of the book, Beatrix Potter, immediately apologize and issue a new version of the story that encompasses a better representation of the variety of species and sexual orientation. Ms. Potter did not reply to the demand and did not make a statement, given that she died in 1943.

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