Anti-ethnic penguins?

On the 2007 list of the ALA (American Library Association) most challenged books, And Tango Makes Three was listed as the most-challenged book. It’s a delightful picturebook, based on the true story of 2 male penguins in a New York zoo who end up caring for a baby penguin together.

Now, it’s pretty obvious why it would raise the hackles of certain censors (gay penguins! aaargh!), but the book is also listed as “Anti-Ethnic”.

Which begs two questions that I’m having trouble with
– why would a book about gay penguins be challenged as anti-ethnic?
– and what is anti-ethnic, as opposed to, say, racist?

Thanks to Devon for posing the initial question and for piquing my curiosity….


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