Although written for children, the themes in Crenshaw’s book are central to the culture wars.
Unique: Rape. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, explained how his recent children’s book Cancel is a fable intended to warn about the dangers of culture.
“You’ve reached all the audiences,” Crenshaw told Granthshala News in an interview. “Parents are becoming increasingly frustrated with their school curriculum. They can find left-wing progressives and children’s books out there. It’s very hard to find especially conservative-themed children’s products.”
Describing how Brave Books approached him about the project, Crenshaw said he saw it as an opportunity to fill that void.
“Raft of Fame, Blame, and Shame“Brave Books is the fourth in a series of titles by conservative authors.
Founded by CEO Trent Talbot earlier this year, the conservative publisher “seeks to be a conservative alternative to the current cultural activism that our children are taught in schools, in the entertainment they watch and the books they read,” according to it. Website.
Brave Books bypasses Amazon by offering parents one book per month for an annual subscription. Other authors include Ashley St. Clair, Elizabeth Johnson and Jacques Posobiec.
“I think the way they do it is great, using different conservative writers who write about different topics within the same kind of universe,” Crenshaw said of their project.
‘Not so easy’
Although written for children and featuring various cartoon animal characters, the themes in Crenshaw’s book are central to the culture wars.
Crenshaw, who played an intimate role in crafting the story, explained that it was “kind of difficult” to define the cancellation culture for children.
“I think conservatives unfairly view cancellation culture as a very simple question of either being able to say whatever you want or being silent,” Crenshaw said. “It’s not that easy. And I wanted to craft this story that kind of highlights what we mean by culture cancellation.”
The story takes place in an underwater city protected by a dome of seashells, which begins to crack as more characters are banished for various crimes and thrown on a “raft of shame” through the dome. goes.
Readers familiar with Crenshaw’s story will see parallels in what both the animal and the congressman experienced.
about an incident between a badass character and a mountain lion that is an unmistakable reference to Crenshaw’s conversation with the comedian Pete Davidson In 2018, Crenshaw explained why the story emphasizes the importance of forgiveness.
Of the Davidson controversy, he said, “The reason for the immediate apology in that case was because of intent.” “And intention is a really important question that I don’t know if people ask these days. Did that person intend to harm you, or did they actually make a dumb joke that just didn’t go right?
“Are they being reprimanded and yelled at because they did or said something that was probably worthless and maybe stupid—and maybe they should apologize—but they didn’t mean any harm to anyone?
“Cancellation culture often jumps to the conclusion: that the person is intentionally bad, that intentionally means astral aggression … and that is not true.”
‘Clear message of forgiveness’
The final sections of the book are filled with activities and exercises for parents and children to examine the book’s lessons, reinforced with Bible verses.
The Congressman stressed the importance that faith plays in overcoming a culture of cancellation.
“Faith is about grace, right? Showing grace even in the face of your enemies. That’s a very clear message of forgiveness. And Christianity, of course, is tied to the spirit of grace. So the Bible is easy to use. , and I think of using the Bible as a way to guide our moral actions and how we relate to each other.
“The Bible is full of stories to help us walk that path,” he said. “And so it will always be useful in that regard, I think.”
Crenshaw also warned where American society was headed if the canceled culture was not eradicated.
“People are just becoming angry, more angry, more bitter, more divided,” he said, adding that he is concerned that canceling culture is “manifesting in some dangerous ways that manifest in more obvious actions. “
Pointing to censorship from Big Tech, he said, is banning debate on issues demanding specifics, Crenshaw said such an attitude is rampant in universities and even corporations. This kind of culture has created an environment where most Americans are afraid to speak their mind, he said.
“In elections, 80% of Americans think political correctness has gone too far,” he said. “So that’s good news, isn’t it? That’s what I try to tell people who think they need to bow to the cancellation culture crowd. They’re usually corporate CEOs or something like that. ‘You No need to do that!’ That loud minority is a very small minority. Twitter is not real life.
“I wish the adults in the room would learn it,” he said.