"Little Black Sambo" was banned from some bookstores because many people believe that the book's title and original illustrations are racist. In the United States, "Sambo" is an offensive term describing a black person, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A 1988 campaign against racism led to the removal of "Little Black Sambo" from an unspecified number of bookstores in the United States and Japan, reports the Los Angeles Times. In the story, Sambo escapes from tigers and has a huge meal, as described in The Huffington Post. Portraying black children as caricatures with protruding eyes, wide noses, and thick lips who are always fleeing from wild animals and eating stems from the traditions of a racist history, according to Ferris State University.