EXCLUSIVE: Representative Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, explained how his recent children’s book is a fable intended to warn of the dangers of culture cancellation.
“You’ve reached all audiences,” Crenshaw told Fox News in an interview. “Parents are increasingly frustrated with their school’s program. They can go and get books for progressive and left-wing awakened children. It is quite difficult to find products for children exclusively with a conservative theme. “
Explaining how Brave Books approached him about the project, Crenshaw said he sees an opportunity to fill that void.
“Fame, blame and the raft of shame“is the fourth in a series of curatorial titles from Brave Books.
Founded by CEO Trent Talbot earlier this year, the conservative publisher seeks to be “a conservative alternative to the current cultural activism our children learn in schools, in the entertainment they watch and the books they read. “, according to his website.
Brave Books is bypassing Amazon by offering parents one book per month for an annual subscription. Other authors have included Ashley St. Clair, Elizabeth Johnson, and Jack Posobiec.
“I think the way they do it is pretty cool, using a variety of different conservative writers who write on different themes in the same type of universe,” Crenshaw said of their project.
“Not that easy”
Although written for children and featuring various cartoon animal characters, the themes of Crenshaw’s book go to the heart of culture wars.
Crenshaw, who played an intimate role in shaping the story, explained that defining the culture of cancellation for children was “a little tricky.”
“I think the Conservatives mistakenly view culture cancellation as a very simple matter of being able to say whatever you want or being silenced,” Crenshaw said. “It’s not that simple. And I wanted to create this story that kind of exposes the nuance of what we mean by canceling culture.”
The story takes place in an underwater city protected by an algae dome, which begins to crack as more characters are banished for various offenses and thrown through the dome on a “raft of shame. “.
Readers familiar with Crenshaw’s story will see parallels in what the animals and the Congressman went through.
Regarding an incident between a skunk character and a mountain lion which is an unmistakable reference to Crenshaw’s interaction with the comedian Pierre Davidson in 2018, Crenshaw explained why the story emphasizes the importance of forgiveness.
“The reason immediate forgiveness made sense in this case was intention,” he said of the Davidson controversy. “And intention is a very important question that I don’t know if people ask these days. Did the person intend to hurt you, or did they just do something wrong with you. really stupid joke that just didn’t land correctly?
“Are they canceled and yelled at because of something they did or said that maybe was awkward and maybe stupid – and maybe they should apologize – but they didn’t mean any harm to who whether it be ?
“Cancellation culture often jumps to this conclusion: that the person is intentionally bad, this microaggression intentionally meant… and that is just not true.”
“Clear message of forgiveness”
The latter parts of the book are filled with activities and exercises for parents and children to review the lessons from the book, which are reinforced by verses from the Bible.
The congressman stressed the importance of faith in overcoming culture cancellation.
“Faith is grace, isn’t it? Showing grace even in the face of one’s enemies. It is also the very clear message of forgiveness. And Christianity, of course, is related to the meaning of thanks. So it is easy to use the Bible, and I think it is necessary to use the Bible, as a way to guide our moral actions and the way we forge relationships with each other.
“The Bible is full of stories that help us on this journey,” he added. “And so it will always be helpful in that regard, I think.”
Crenshaw also warned of where American society is heading if the culture of cancellation is not eradicated.
“People are getting more and more angry, more resentful, more bitter, more divided,” he said, adding that he was concerned that the culture of cancellation “is manifesting itself in dangerous ways that manifest itself in more egregious actions “.
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Highlighting Big Tech’s censorship, which he says bars debate on issues that require nuance, Crenshaw said such an attitude was also prevalent in universities and even businesses. Such a culture, he said, has cultivated an environment where most Americans are afraid to speak their mind.
“In the polls, 80% of Americans think political correctness has gone too far,” he said. “So that’s the good news, isn’t it?” That’s what I’m trying to tell people who think they have to go with the cancellation culture crowd. They’re usually corporate CEOs or something. ” You do not have to ! This noisy minority is just a tiny minority. Twitter is not real life.
“I wish the adults in the room would learn this,” he added.