Store Bans 1930s Kids Book for Racist Illustrations Tintin in the Congo won't be in Borders bookstores' children's sections when the book is re-issued in the United States this fall. The installment of the popular series by the Belgian cartoonist Herge contains controversial depictions of Africans.
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Store Bans 1930s Kids Book for Racist Illustrations

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Store Bans 1930s Kids Book for Racist Illustrations

Store Bans 1930s Kids Book for Racist Illustrations

Store Bans 1930s Kids Book for Racist Illustrations

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Tintin in the Congo won't be in Borders bookstores' children's sections when the book is re-issued in the United States this fall. It was removed from kids shelves in Borders' UK stores, and Borders in the U.S. says it will move it to the "graphic books" section.

Critics say the installment of the popular series by the Belgian cartoonist Herge, written in the early 1930s, contains racist illustrations of Africans.

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