Fireworks in Virginia follow the election of Glenn Youngkin, who said during his governorship campaign that he to prohibit critical race theory on her first day in office, and ran an ad featuring a local mother who tried to get Beloved, the novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning Toni Morrison, taken out of her son’s AP English program. The mother claimed that the book contained “some of the most explicit material you can imagine,” which is absolutely true, given that it deals with the horrors of slavery, which many conservative parents would prefer their kids don’t really learn.
“What surprised us this year is the intensity with which school libraries are under attack”, Nora Pelizzari, spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Censorship, Recount The Washington Post. She added, “Especially when taken in conjunction with legislative attempts to control school curricula, it looks like a more comprehensive attempt to purge schools of materials that people disagree with. It’s different from what we’ve seen in recent years.
Also this week, the To post reports, a school board outside of Wichita, Kansas, said it was removing 29 pounds from circulation, including Morrison’s book The bluest eye, and writings on racism in America such as the play “Fences” by Pulitzer Prize-winning August Wilson. Last month, the Texas State Representative Michael krause has launched a “review” of books which “contain material that may make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or gender or convey that a student, by reason of race or gender, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously. (Krause specifically reported many award-winning books, from the 1967 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Nat Turner’s Confessions To Between the world and me through Ta-Nehisi Coates.Also in Texas, a school district recently told teachers that if they have a book on the Holocaust, they should also provide a book with an “opposing perspective.”