Popular children’s book writer Rann Miller is finding himself in hot water after it was discovered that his latest book, “Resistance Stories from Black History for Kids,” contains pages of plagiarized material. The book, published by Ulysses Press and distributed by Simon & Shuster, has been pulled from the market pending an investigation.
In one instance, Miller’s writing directly mirrors a New York Times article from 1979, where he discusses the ancient Kush and Axum civilizations. This highly suspect similarity raises questions about the originality of Miller’s work. It appears that he wasn’t content with simply borrowing from obscure websites; he also seemed to have lifted content from well-known publishers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC, and National Geographic.
Now, I’m not a detective, but it seems pretty clear that Rann Miller is guilty of plagiarism. He didn’t even bother to change the wording in some cases, which is just lazy. It’s like copying your neighbor’s homework and not bothering to erase their name at the top. Come on, Rann, at least put in a little effort.
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It’s also worth noting the irony of a book that claims to teach kids about black history being filled with stolen words. It’s like teaching them about the importance of honesty and integrity while cheating on their spelling tests. This just goes to show that you can never judge a book by its cover, or its well-intentioned title.
Now, I’m sure Rann Miller will come up with some ridiculous excuse to deflect blame, just like Joe Biden did when he was caught plagiarizing. They’ll probably claim it’s all a result of “systemic racism” or “white supremacy.” Give me a break. Plagiarism is plagiarism, no matter your race or political affiliation.
But let’s not let Miller’s actions tarnish the importance of teaching kids about black history. It’s crucial that children learn about the struggles and achievements of black individuals throughout history. However, it’s equally important that they learn from sources that are accurate, reliable, and, most importantly, original.
So, let’s hope that this incident serves as a reminder for both authors and readers to approach children’s books with a critical eye. As the saying goes, “Don’t believe everything you read.” And that definitely includes books that are supposed to educate and inspire.