Over the past two years, conservative lawmakers and activists have desperately attempted to overhaul America’s violent and discriminatory history by attacking teachers and school administrators who think their students should know about it. In states across the country, conservatives are trying to remove and ban the books educators use to teach America’s inequitable past and present.
In response to conservative censorship efforts, the ReidOut blog will share lists of banned books you absolutely should read. Trust us – not the proudly ignorant conservatives who try to force American children into a stupor.
‘The 1619 project’
Since Nikole Hannah-Jones’ “The 1619 Project” debuted in 2019, conservatives used him as a scapegoat to attack non-white educators and inequality lesson plans. The collaborative writing project sought to “reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of America’s national narrative,” said Jake Silverstein, editor-in-chief of The New York. Magazine du Temps.
In other words, it challenges the fiction created primarily by white conservatives who offer rosy representations of how the United States was born.
“The bluest eye”
Many conservative groups have tried to ban “The Bluest Eye,” Toni Morrison’s first best-selling novel, since its publication in 1970. The book tells the story of Pecola Breedlove, an 11-year-old black girl from Ohio who prays for the blonde hair and blue eyes that she believes will make her beautiful. The novel depicts the struggle of a black family living in a racist community, and conservatives have focused on its references to sexual abuse in an attempt to ban it from high school playlists.
“Ruby Bridges goes to school”
Conservative groups across the country have sought to ban this autobiographical children’s book by civil rights legend Ruby Bridges, who wrote about his experience integrating into Louisiana’s William Frantz Elementary School in 1960. Bridges coped. to a crowd of angry white racists on their way to class and needed a police escort to accompany them. In Tennessee, the head of a conservative organization seeking to ban the book said his description of a “big crowd of angry whites who didn’t want black kids in a white school” demarcated blacks too harshly and whites.
“In the dream house”
“In the Dream House,” a memoir by Carmen Maria Machado, examines an emotionally and physically abusive homosexual relationship she had with a partner. Some conservatives, including the Leander, Texas School Board, have targeted the book for removal from high school reading lists. “In the Dream House” was among several books that high school students could choose to read before it was banned in the neighborhood. This year.
“Funny house: a family tragicomic”
“Fun Home”, an award-winning graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, primarily explores her relationship with her father, a funeral director and a teacher who turned out to be gay, as well as her own gender and gender identity. The book chronicles Bechdel’s entry into her lesbian identity and examines what she learned about herself and the world from her father. A parent group in Clark County, Nevada, had it taken off the reading list of at least one high school last year.
“Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington”
This is a children’s book by Frances E. Ruffin on the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. and his involvement in the March on Washington. King is pretty much the only civil rights figure the Conservatives care to refer to – though they typically only use his words cynically and out of context. But now conservative parents in Tennessee are actively trying to ban this story from schools altogether.
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