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The school books ‘ban’ that’s a leftie fiction

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The writer is in the US.

THERE has been much talk of late about banning books. Progressive organisations such as the American Library Association and PEN America, not to mention leftward-leaning politicos including Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota attempting to jump on the proverbial bandwagon, have made hay out of the accusation that schools are being forced by reactionary and philistine parent groups and other interested parties, invariably labelled right-wing extremists or mindless Trump supporters, to remove certain books from their libraries.

The books in question include such classic and time-honoured works as To Kill a MockingbirdLord of the FliesBrave New WorldHuckleberry Finn and even The Diary of Anne Frank. Because it was written by a black woman, The Color Purple is often included in the list of so-called banned books, thereby allowing charges of racism to be added to the aforementioned philistinism.

However, the allegation that classic works of literature are being banned in the United States is simply not true. Some of those making the claim must know it to be false but are prepared to repeat the lie to serve their divisive agendas. Many others are just too gullible or lazy or too emotionally attached to woke ideologies to question the lie. Such is the disordered state of the progressive American mind in 2023.

However much it fuels the fantasies of progressives who desperately seek to maintain their countercultural and edgy credentials at a time when progressives or those beholden to them control almost every institution in America, with the possible exception of the National Rifle Association, it is simply not true, being an egregious case of Freudian projection by elites who have devoted many decades of their lives to compiling speech codes and trying to cancel and destroy decent people with whom they disagree.

Most people know this to be true but are too afraid to say so in the current Stasi-like climate in which we find ourselves in this third decade of the 21st century when anyone who questions the leftist agenda is liable to be horribly slandered, gaslighted, cancelled, or consigned to the basket of Hillary Clinton deplorables. Graphic books such as Jonathan Evison’s Lawn Boy, which contains very explicit illustrations of young men performing sex acts on one another, are available in school libraries throughout the Minneapolis and Saint Paul school districts, including my wife’s alma mater, Roosevelt High School in South Minneapolis. One scene involves an adult man recalling a sexual encounter he had in elementary school with a fellow fourth grader. Similarly, Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe, described as ‘a graphic novel memoir chronicling the author’s journey to coming out as nonbinary and asexual to the author’s family and society at large’, which contains images so pornographic that they have to be blurred when they are shown on television or at school board meetings, is also currently available in school libraries in Minnesota.

So, next time you hear about closed-minded people trying to remove classic books from school libraries, don’t believe what you’re hearing. This shameless but oft-repeated mendacity was nicely exposed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds in a recent press conference.

Every now and then someone with power and influence says the right thing. It happens rarely in this climate of fear, but when it does, we need to stand up and applaud the speaker. And what Governor Reynolds said recently in a public forum needs to be applauded, loudly and publicly.

Pushing back on claims made by the legacy media that the education bill she had signed into law in May this year mandated the banning of books – which it does not – she articulated the thoughts of many Americans, if not a majority, albeit an increasingly silent and silenced majority: ‘Our kids and our teachers deserve better. They deserve the tools to help these kids succeed. Not a damn distraction on a nasty, pornographic book that should never, ever be in a classroom.’ 

Well said, Madam Governor! By speaking common sense, you’ve committed what George Orwell called ‘the heresy of heresies’. Would that there were more heretics like you out there.

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Bernard Carpenter
Bernard Carpenter
Bernard Carpenter is a semi-retired history teacher.

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