The Keller Independent School District of northern Texas pulled dozens of books from school libraries before the new school year began. They included many titles that deal with LGBT themes, “Anne Frank’s Diary (The Graphic Adaptation,” and the Bible.
The district apparently decided to go overboard and pull every book that was challenged, even by just one person.
The titles were not all created equal.
Some of the titles that did not survive were “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” a story of male-on-male physical relationships, and “I Am Jazz,” which chronicles the tale of a transgender female who starts to transition as a child.
Yet another was “All Boys Aren’t Blue,” which proclaimed to be a story about queer Black boys.
Texas school district removes the Bible, Anne Frank's Diary, 'All Boys Aren't Blue,' and 38 other books from library shelves for content review. A spokesperson for Keller Independent School District says some books will be returned following review. https://t.co/xHcH41cnLd
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An email sent to school principals listed all of the books that were challenged last year. The letter told the recipients to “please collect these books and store them in a location.”
Local residents say they were surprised by the 41 books that were taken off the shelves before the start of school. A district committee that included parents reviewed the titles last year and recommended that some of the titles remain available for students.
Two of those that were set to stay were Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” and “Anne Frank’s Diary.” Now, however, the newest board members want all books that were challenged to be reviewed again by campus staff and library workers.
However, as many have noted, the Bible was allowed back in as a reference book. Not to be taught in classrooms or to be studied as a basis for Western Civilization, but merely as a reference book that may be pulled out when necessary.
In its place, of course, are dozens of weighty tomes about critical race theory, gender queerness, and other radical indoctrination that are deemed perfectly suitable for kids from elementary to high school.
The effort is tied into Gov. Greg Abbott’s call for the Texas Education Agency to form a state standard for deciding on the appropriateness of books for school libraries. Of course, adults may read what they wish, though some will quickly label this as “book banning.”