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Nov 25 - US libraries report spike in organized attempts to ban books in schools
 

 

The American Library a*sociation, which monitors ‘challenges’ to books, says social media have amplified protests to the highest number for decades

From calls in Virginia to burn “s*xually explicit” books in a school library to a wave of challenges to titles by authors ranging from Toni Morrison to Alison Bechdel, the American Library a*sociation is charting an unprecedented rise in attempts to ban books in libraries – many of which it believes are fuelled by organised conservative campaigns.

“It’s a volume of challenges I’ve never seen in my time at the ALA – the last 20 years. We’ve never had a time when we’ve gotten four or five reports a day for days on end, sometimes as many as eight in a day,” says ALA director Deborah Caldwell-Stone.

“Social media is amplifying local challenges and they’re going viral, but we’ve also been observing a number of organisations activating local members to go to school board meetings and challenge books. We’re seeing what appears to be a campaign to remove books, particularly books dealing with LGBTQIA themes and books dealing with racism.”

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye has been removed from school libraries in Utah over its “explicit” content; in Virginia, the Nobel laureate’s Beloved has been challenged for similar reasons.

Bechdel’s Fun Home, the acclaimed graphic memoir about her father’s s*xuality and her own, was pulled from shelves in North Kansas over its LGBTQ themes, while a southern Pennsylvania district banned a lengthy list of titles almost entirely by or about people of colour, by acclaimed authors including Jacqueline Woodson, Ijeoma Oluo and Ibram X Kendi.

(The all-white school board said it was coincidence that almost all the material banned was by or about people of colour.)


Maia Kobabe’s award-winning graphic novel memoir Gender Queer has been challenged in several states.

“Removing or restricting queer books in libraries and schools is like cutting a lifeline for queer youth, who might not yet even know what terms to ask Google to find out more about their own identities, bodies and health,” wrote Kobabe in the Washington Post last month.

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In Texas earlier this month, governor Greg Abbott wrote to the education agency commissioner asking to be notified of any “instance of pr0nography being provided to minors under the age of 18 for prosecution to the fullest extent of the law”.

Abbott cited in particular Gender Queer, which was pulled from some Texas classrooms after complaints, and In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado, which details the author’s abusive same-s*x relationship.

In Spotsylvania in Fredericksburg, Virginia, meanwhile, parents have protested about the availability of LGBTQIA fiction to children.

One school board member called for the offending books to be burned.

“I think we should throw those books in a fire,” he said.

“I guess we live in a world now that our public schools would rather have kids read about gay pr0nography than Christ.”

The school board subsequently ordered that “s*xually explicit” books be removed from district libraries.

Caldwell-Stone pointed to conservative grassroots organisations such as Heritage Action and the Heritage Foundation, which she said were driving the attempts to censor materials dealing with racism and Black American history, as well as materials “they deem to be inappropriate for minors, which seems to encompass the entire canon of books dealing with LGBTQIA themes”.


“We’ve seen a number of these parents’ rights groups that have arisen in the last year get involved in these challenges, and their local chapters are turning out to attend school board meetings and challenge books. It really has sparked a rise in challenges,” she said.

“When you have organisations like Heritage Foundation and Family Policy Alliance publishing materials that instruct parents on how to challenge books in the school library or the public library, right down to a challenge form enclosed in the booklet so they can just fill it out, you’re seeing a challenge to our democratic values of free speech, freedom of thought, freedom of belief.”

Caldwell-Stone said she was particularly concerned about the fact that elected officials were now pursuing the same agenda – “officials who in theory are bound by first amendment, who are forbidden from engaging in official government censorship of ideas or viewpoints, but you have the governors of Texas and South Carolina declaring that they’re going to scrub school libraries of pr0nography without defining what they mean by that.”

Librarians are f*ghting back against challenges.

The Spotsylvania school board last week voted to rescind its order on “s*xually explicit” books, and the ban in Pennsylvania’s Central York school district was reversed in September after widespread protests.

However, Caldwell-Stone said the number of attacks was having a “chilling effect”.

Last year, the ALA reported more than 273 attempts to ban or challenge books. It anticipates the figure will be considerably higher in 2021.

“You may find school boards, library boards, pulling those books proactively to avoid controversy. We’re seeing school boards and library boards ignore their policies, because somebody pops up and makes the claim that a book is obscene,” she said.

“It’s easy to claim that a few words, a paragraph, an image in a graphic novel is somehow obscene or pr0nographic. But when you evaluate the work as a whole, you end up with Toni Morrison’s Beloved, for example, which has been such a flash point in the gubernational election in Virginia.”

An advert released by the Republican candidate for governor of Virginia last month featured a mother who tried to have Beloved banned from her son’s English curriculum.

“He’s gone from banning a woman’s right to choose to banning books by a Pulitzer prize-winning author,” said president Joe Biden at the time of the candidate, Glenn Youngkin, who is now governor-elect of Virginia.

“We’re seeing a disregard for policy and a kind of a moral panic over a number of novels and graphic novels that are in school libraries that are intended for adolescents to access and read, without regard for the agency or first amendment rights of the young adults involved, or the choices of parents who may make different choices about what books they would like students to be able to read and access in libraries,” said Caldwell-Stone.

“We’re seeing censorship to impose particular agendas, representing particular political or religious beliefs. It’s really disheartening.”
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 2 months ago '07        #2
yola  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x63 OP
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how long until conservative capitalists declare war on libraries?

can you imagine trying to introduce the idea of a library these days?
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 2 months ago '09        #3
messy marv stan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x76
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school boards banning books are bad

school boards who refuse to ban books are good


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 2 months ago '20        #4
BuiltForThis  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x9
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What’s the issue with s*xually explicit books not being in elementary/ middle/ high school libraries?

The qualifications that make a novel s*xually explicit?
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 2 months ago '17        #5
Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x21
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 yola said
how long until conservative capitalists declare war on libraries?

can you imagine trying to introduce the idea of a library these days?
Funny how the so called freedom of speech group is doing its best to try to destroy it.
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 2 months ago '04        #6
Kadroan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x20
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 Naga Sadow said
Funny how the so called freedom of speech group is doing its best to try to destroy it.
all this going to do is make young folks want to access the material more.

shoot, they got options of youtube, ebooks etc too.
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 2 months ago '15        #7
KingTrips 
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Lol
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 2 months ago '06        #8
Skateboard T  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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It’s anti-lgbtq and anti-black

And this is the sh*t some boxden members cheered for during the VA governors race
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 2 months ago '16        #9
fam 
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republicans cry about racist dr. seuss books going out of print

then turn around and try to ban toni morrison
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 2 months ago '16        #10
foshoVoodoo  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x58
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anything to hide wipipo creation story, crusades, world wars

nucca we know genetics alone
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 2 months ago '05        #11
projectd06 
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They don't want you to know history, but dont want them statues torn down either
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 2 months ago '20        #12
BuiltForThis  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x9
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 fam said
republicans cry about racist dr. seuss books going out of print

then turn around and try to ban toni morrison

What’s that one book that was real popular about some dude and chick he turnt out getting her into k*nky s*x and bondage and whatever else but people were not happy the movie wasn’t as graphic as the book?

Is that book in high schools, middle schools, elementary schools?

Or even the classic For Water like Chocolate?



Last edited by BuiltForThis; 11-26-2021 at 10:46 AM..
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 2 months ago '06        #13
Skateboard T  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 BuiltForThis said
What’s that one book that was real popular about some dude and chick he turnt out getting her into k*nky s*x and bondage and whatever else but people were not happy the movie wasn’t as graphic as the book?

Is that book in high schools, middle schools, elementary schools?

You really are just such a stupid person lol
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 2 months ago '06        #14
canal_boys  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 projectd06 said
They don't want you to know history, but dont want them statues torn down either
They dont want you to learn history that makes them look bad.
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 2 months ago '07        #15
Damagegadget  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Works both ways let me organize and start banning anything that writes about any president that owned slaves. Remember how upset they was over statues
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 2 months ago '20        #16
BuiltForThis  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x9
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 Skateboard T said
You really are just such a stupid person lol
Do y’all want Penthouse stories in schools as well?

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 2 months ago '20        #17
Oldbrooklyn718 
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 canal_boys said
They dont want you to learn history that makes them look bad.
It's their history though

The same sh*t they defend tooth and claw
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 2 months ago '20        #18
BuiltForThis  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x9
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 Oldbrooklyn718 said
It's their history though

The same sh*t they defend tooth and claw
This LTBGQIA cult community stay having “straight” Black males cappin for they agendas




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 2 months ago '17        #19
Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x21
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 BuiltForThis said
This LTBGQIA cult community stay having “straight” Black males cappin for they agendas




But aren't you part of the LMNOP people?




I don't think any straight person would purposely dress themselves up like this, now would they Black Skellington?

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 2 months ago '20        #20
BuiltForThis  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x9
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@ that dude you is your people you chronically ill wuhan gimp lab rat f*ggit.

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 2 months ago '20        #21
Oldbrooklyn718 
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 BuiltForThis said
This LTBGQIA cult community stay having “straight” Black males cappin for they agendas







n*gga what?
I was talking about the books exposing their racism keep up weirdo
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 2 months ago '06        #22
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 BuiltForThis said
Do y’all want Penthouse stories in schools as well?

So do you

A) genuinely think they’re the same thing?; or
B) know they aren’t the same thing but choose to make a false equivalency for the sake of your ”argument”?

Trying to figure out if you’re stupid or just ignorant, no need to respond with anything other than “A” or “B”
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 2 months ago '04        #23
LordBlanco|M  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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The same ones against sh*t be the same ones doing it... fking hypocrits
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 2 months ago '13        #24
Hayek  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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People barely read anyway. No need for books when the left can just lie about history and the world and people accept it
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 2 months ago '18        #25
classicrap1  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x13
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if there is a hell. i hope they burned for eteranl or 1 million years.


so back in 1998 and 1996. when and 2002. when i was force to learn about racists confederate soliders and slave owners who r*pe,murder,enslaved and treated my people like sh*t.

they try to cover it up and paint them as hero when they were devils.


its okay.

its okay to wave the confedrate flags in majority of african american states adn college football stadium where negros are helping you win games.


but learning about the black history,real history and f*g**ts should be banned.


if this is not a reason why i hate a certain race of people that ryhmes with f*ght. then i do not know what will.
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