In the Mukilteo School District in Washington State, the school board voted this week to remove “To Kill a Mockingbird” – voted the best book of the past 125 years in a reader survey conducted by The New York Times Book Review – from the ninth grade curriculum requested by staff members. Their objections included arguments that the novel marginalized characters of color, glorified the “white savior,” and used racial slurs dozens of times. does not address their offensive nature.
While the book is no longer a requirement, it remains on the district’s list of approved novels and teachers can still choose to deliver it if they wish.
In other cases, efforts to ban books have deepened, as parents and organizations aim to remove books from libraries, cutting off access to all. Perhaps no book has been more strongly targeted.”Project 1619, “A best-selling book on slavery in America that has garnered broad support from many Black historians and leaders and comes from the 2019 special issue of The New York Times. It was explicitly named in the proposed law.
Political leaders on the right have been boiling over the book controversy. The newly elected Governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, rallied supporters by framing the book ban as a matter of parental control and highlighting the issue in an ad. Advocate has a mom who wants “Beloved” by Toni Morrison was dropped from her son’s high school program.
In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott request that the state education agency “investigate any criminal activity in our public schools related to the provision of pornography,” a move that librarians in the state fear could making them the target of criminal complaints. The governor of South Carolina has asked the state’s director of education and its law enforcement division to investigate the presence of “obscene and obscene” material in public schools, providing “Gender Queer.” as an example.
The mayor of Ridgeland, Miss., recently declined funding from the Madison County Library System, saying he would not release the money until LGBTQ-themed books were removed, according to the director. administration of the library system.
George M. Johnson, author of “All Boys Aren’t Blue,” a memoir about growing up Black and quirky, was stunned in November when he learned that a council member School in Flagler County, Fla., filed a complaint with the sheriff’s department against the book. Written for readers 14 years and older, it includes scenes depicting oral and anal sex acts as well as sexual assault.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/30/books/book-ban-us-schools.html Why is the effort to ban books spreading across America?