9/11 Coloring Book Offers Hate Not Hope


A “graphic-novel-coloring book” entitled “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom” is selling quite well according to its St. Louis-based publisher, Really Big Coloring Books, Inc. run by Wayne Bell. Bell describes the book as an “honest depiction” of what happened almost a decade ago and an “informational piece to help educate children on events on 9/11″ with pictures of the Twin Towers burning, Navy SEALS and former president George W. Bush. But some of the book’s “information” is simply inaccurate and perpetuates harmful stereotypes about Muslims. The book also includes a picture of what is supposed to be Osama Bin Laden’s last moments. Bin Laden is shown hiding behind one of his wives, something he was not doing before he was killed.

As Dawud Walid, Michigan representative for the Council on American Islamic Relations, says to ABC News, the coloring book centers not on hope, but hate:

Referencing part of the book that refers to the jihadists as “freedom-hating radical Islamic Muslim extremists,” Walid notes that nearly all of the mentions of Muslims in the book are accompanied by the words “terrorist” or “extremist.” He says this book is more than just coloring in the lines.

“Little kids who pick up this book can have their perceptions colored by those images … it instills bias in young minds,” said Walid.

Bell says that the coloring book is “not ideological” and that its pictures represent patriotism:

“The truth is the truth. It’s unfortunate that they were all Muslim and that’s the part people want to erase … I don’t know what else you can call them.”

But, as Walid points out, “Muslim mothers lost sons too.” By equating Muslims with extremists, Bell’s coloring book does a “disservice to all the Muslim Americans affected by 9/11″ and at a time when they are “already dealing with an environment of increasing Islamophobia.”

A sample page from the coloring book can be seen via Talking Points Memo.

Of course, if you find the images and biased tone of ”We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom” disturbing, you can simply not buy the book. A press release specifically touts the book as demonstrating “honesty, reverence, integrity, and good character” and indeed providing a “historic and educational perspective.” Since the book is a coloring book aimed at children, it’s very troubling to know that such a biased rendition of the events of 9/11 is what is being presented as “truth,” not to mention “historic and educational” to them.

Bell’s Really Big Coloring Books, Inc., also produces books about less controversial subject matter, including dinosaurs, fairy tales and Thomas the Tank Train (though it does have a book about the Tea Party). Bell has said that he would be willing to print a coloring book with positive images of Muslim Americans and would do so “tomorrow” if asked — to which Walid says “Well, I’m asking him to do it right now.”

Or at least in time for the upcoming 10 year memorial of 9/11.


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pam w.
pam w6 years ago

Of course, if you find the images and biased tone of ”We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom” disturbing, you can simply not buy the book.

Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith6 years ago


Normally I'm not one for censorship, but part of the exert reads that the army was told to shoot and kill on sight. Funny how the govenerment claimed that he was shot in a firefight, not murdered unarmed. It seems totally irrisponsible to put something up that suggests it's right to go murder someone who's defencless because they did something wrong. I'm not saying he didn't deserve to die, but they're glorifying his murder while at the same time trying to paint it as a shootout.

Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith6 years ago

Just read the excert, and that book is not appropriate at all. I know people who are Muslim, and they aren't terrorists.

In fact, reading the excert that was posted, it seems the book is just trying to stirr up trouble. Book should be recalled and destroyed if the excert is any indication of the content. It's not only inappropriate, but it's an invitation to cause more trouble.

colleen p.
colleen p6 years ago

Karen F. maybe, PETA can handle those coloring books. maybe we should make some about sweat shops as well.

DH Clone
Andrew Carvin6 years ago

9-11 was a false flag operation created by the Bush administration to help his low approval numbers, and continue a middle/poor class murdering reign by the Republicans who are slave to the rich.

Look at history.

The American government has done false flag operations before including the Vietnam War, and World War 2.

A lot of other governments have also committed false flag operations on their own people for a wide variety of reasons.

That said.

This coloring book is just another tasteless collectible for those dumb enough to think that a bunch of people in caves pulled off 9-11 without the Bush era governments help.

If you hate it, don't buy it, and tell others to not buy it.

Lack of demand will kill it.

Your purchasing power IS a weapon.

Learn how to use it effectively.

Karen F.
karen Friedman6 years ago

Why no coloring books on how animals are slaughtered for food? Children should be taught early about compassion for animals. I'm sure that this idea would be offensive to them since it is from a right wing publisher. What do kids need to know about the Tea Party anyway? This is so stupid and the 9-11 bookis so anti Muslim.

Will Rogers
Will Rogers6 years ago

This book seems to be in bad taste for children. Death should not be entertainment, this book is one step away from being 'Snuff'. And is an attempt to propagandise the very young and is akin to mental child abuse.
As for people flying into the twin towers? That was really about oppression. Those people have had their rights and freedoms destroyed by europes and the US's foreign policies. The Muslims didn't bomb the twin towers for no reason. How many bombs have been dropped on Arab countries. Either supplied by the US, or directly bombed. How many hundreds of thousands of lives have been snuffed out by America and its friends? It was predictable. People talk about 9-11 as if it was the worst thing that has ever happened but no one wants to ask why it happened? America denial and hypocrisy surrounding 9-11 is childish. And though the guys who flew the planes were muslim this was more to do with oppression than religion. this is not a war of ideologies, it is a war about resources, pride and superiority. You know? The things that war is usually about.

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S6 years ago

Unfortunately, this is what modern-day Republicans do: breed ignorance. Once people become educated and informed, they lose favor, so their answer is to have as many offspring as possible to brainwash. If it weren't for this political inbreeding, they would dwindle to nothingness.

annelies j.
annelies j6 years ago

But then again, growing up catholic I did see all kinds of "stuff" like that I wouldn't want children exposed to.

annelies j.
annelies j6 years ago

joan g. I saw a few of the pages, and if I still had little ones interested in coloring books, I certainly wouldn't buy them this one.