You Can’t Read That!

You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post about book banning, featuring news and opinion roundups, personal observations, and reviews

YCRT! News Roundup
Book banning news from here & there

Only one reviewer who dug into the math books publishers hoped to sell to Florida schools complained there was “critical race theory” embedded in the texts, and she was a member of the conservative Moms for Liberty group who looked at just two high school books, according to state documents released late Thursday.

… she complained that discussion of vaccines did not mention “natural immunity” and that the Federalist Papers were not included in a unit that used the electoral college for a math lesson.

Legislative Republicans in Tennessee on Thursday dialed back a controversial bill policing school libraries but still passed legislation giving a politically appointed commission power to effectively issue blanket bans of challenged books.

The Arizona Library Association says the bill undermines the expertise of school librarians, since parents could then take concerns to a governing board and potentially remove, effectively banning, a book.

The books that will be permanently removed are “Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini; “Leah on the Offbeat,” by Becky Albertalli; “The Prince and the Dressmaker,” by Jen Wang; “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher; “The 57 Bus,” by Dashka Slater; “Drama,” by Raina Telgemeier; “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green; “The Bluest Eye,” by Toni Morrison; “The Handmaid’s Tale,” by Margaret Atwood; “l8r, g8r,” by Lauren Myracle; “Out of Darkness,” by Ashley Hope Perez; “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky; “Crank,” by Ellen Hopkins; “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian;” by Sherman Alexie; “City of Heavenly Fire,” by Cassandra Clare; “Clockwork Princess,” by Cassanrda Clare; “Eleanor and Park,” by Rainbow Rowell; “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” by Jonathan Safran Foer; “Sold,” by Patricia McCormick; “Speak,” by Laurie Halse Anderson; “33 Snowfish,” by Adam Rapp; and “It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health,” by Robie H. Harris.

There is “absolute obscenity on our laptops or our devices that we allow our children to take home, and they’re paid for with taxpayer dollars,” said Joni Albrecht (R), a Nebraska state representative who introduced that state’s bill. “I have 14 grandchildren, and I don’t want any one of them exposed to anything like this.”

… Baker — a librarian at the Llano County Public Library’s Kingsland Branch — decided to ignore the request. And she continued to vocally protest other decisions, like the ban on ordering new books. She spoke up, telling her supervisors that the library was facing a censorship attack. … On March 9, Baker was fired for insubordination, creating a disturbance and failure to follow instructions.

YCRT! Resistance Roundup
News from the trenches: fighting back against teabaggers & book banners

On a hot, dusty Wednesday afternoon, 10 girls gathered in their high school library to talk about a book the adults said they weren’t allowed to read.

“They better not fucking ignore me,” Stevens warns. “If they ignore me, doesn’t that tell you something? The government can’t pick and choose religion, but can they choose which books they review for banning and which ones they don’t?”

Nashville Public Library will always respect your Freedom to Read — to independently determine what you read (and don’t read) and to exercise your role in determining what your children read.

YCRT! Teabagger Corner
Know the enemy: factual examples of book banner & teabagger propaganda, tactics, and ploys

When did it become so controversial to let children keep their innocence? The parents of Tennessee are not sending kids to public schools to learn how inherently racist and privileged they are.

“For almost 30 years MassResistance has been fighting the LGBT agenda in all of its perverse forms,” Schaper said. “Homosexuality is a destructive behavior. It’s not an identity. Transgenderism is a mental illness, not a benign eccentricity. For 30 years this destructive political movement has tried to normalize these behaviors. It went from the bedroom to the boardroom to the classroom. It corrupts public morals and undermines the innocence of children.”

A leading pro-family activist organization, MassResistance provides the information and guidance people need to confront assaults on the traditional family, school children, and the moral foundation of society.

YCRT! Loudoun County Watch
Loudoun County, Virginia, deserves its own YCRT! niche: a hot spot for book bannings and anti-CRT protests; the county where Virginia’s book-banning Governor Glenn Younkin got the votes that put him over the top; the county where parents are dragged screaming from school board meetings

A spokesperson for the attorney general did not respond to questions regarding how entangled LGBTQ+ identifying students are with this ongoing litigation. When called for comment, a spokesperson for Miyares’ office was not available.

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge