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“Rapid Acceleration” in Censorship of school textbooks in the US led to 2500 bans in a year | Books

There is a “rapid acceleration” of book censorship in the USA, with more over 2500 different books bans taking place over in past school year new the report has found.

BUT total of 1648 individual book titles, many of which refers to issues related to race or sexuality, were the subject of bans by school district in 32 states in in last school yearaccording to new analysis.

Books are banned from more than 5,000 schools across the country. access students in libraries and classrooms, according to a report compiled by Pen America, a nonprofit organization that supports freedom of expression in literature.

There has been a spread of organized efforts to advocate for seizure of books,” says the report, from right-wing politicians in states such as Texas, Georgia, and Wisconsin to at least 50 groups that emerged up or in person or on Facebook.

A lot of of books were banned for just showing people who identify yourself as LGBTQ+, with third of all banned books from April to June featuring people with such personalities, often under the false excuse that the titles are “obscene”. Race and discussion of racist usa past is also goal of book bans, with 40% of Prohibited headlines featuring prominent characters of color.

“While we think of book bans how work of individual concerned citizens, our report shows that today’s wave of of bans is a coordinated campaign banish books written by sophisticated, ideological and well-resourced advocacy organizations,” said Suzanne Nossel, Chief Executive Officer of Pen America.

“This censorship movement is transforming our public schools into political battlegrounds, driving wedges into communities, forcing teachers and librarians to quit their jobs and causing chills over spirit of open research and intellectual freedom underpinning a thriving democracy.”

Bye book bans has long been a part of America’s educational fabric, Pen report says they are now driven less by complaints of individual parents as well as more organized ideological groups and open pressure from politicians.

About 40% of book bans in in past year were associated with political pressure or legislation designed limit and change teaching, the report says. In November, for e.g. Henry McMaster, Republican Governor of South Carolina demanded that Maya Kobabe’s Gender Queer: A Memoir be published. removed from school libraries for be “sexually explicit” and “pornographic”.

Kobabe’s book became the most banned book in in past school year, banned by 41 school districts, followed by George M. Johnson’s All Boys Aren’t Blue, banned in 29 districts and beyond of Darkness Ashley Hope Perez Banned in 24 districts. Among the most banned authors is Toni Morrison, a Nobel laureate. Texas led way with book bans then Florida and Pennsylvania.

Push to ban certain books sparks backlash in some states. Shortly thereafter, Texas MP Matt Krause called. for state school libraries to review 850 books for possible removal, and group of librarians have created a wide online campaign to fight in the bans a flood of state politicians with tweets and emails over in issue.

Meanwhile in Wisconsin, the school district decision ban the title When the Emperor Was Divine, Julie Otsuka’s books on internment of Japanese Americans during second world war, provoked a furious reaction from local teachers, parents and students who organized protests over in move. Such bans however, do not weaken in the US.

This rapidly accelerating movement has led to in more as well as more students lose access to literature that equips them to satisfy challenges and complexity of democratic citizenship,” said Jonathan Friedman, lead author of Pen’s report.

” work of groups organizing and campaigning for book bans in schools are particularly harmful to students from historically marginalized families, who forced experience the stories that confirm their lives are disappearing from classrooms and library shelves.”

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Tyler Hromadka
Tyler Hromadka
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