(ANSA) – WASHINGTON, AUG 17 – Censorship of books strikes again in the United States and after Florida it is the turn of Texas.
In fact, a school in the conservative state has decided to withdraw 41 books including the Bible and an illustrated version of the ‘Diary of Anne Frank’. CNN reports it.
The Keller Independent School District, near Fort Worth, has recently introduced a policy of putting books and school supplies on ‘probation’ for 30 days before deciding whether to include them in its programs. In the past, books dedicated to LGBTQ + topics have been questioned such as ‘All Boys Aren’t Blue’ by George M. Johnson, which the school eventually decided to keep but only in high school, and ‘Gender Queer’ by Maia Kobabe , which was taken out. Nobel laureate writer Toni Morrison’s novel ‘The Bluest Eye’ was also contested but ultimately passed the selection.
This year it was the turn of the Bible and an illustrated version of the ‘Diary of Anne Frank’, which will be submitted to a special commission after formal protests from some parents, teachers and employees. Book censorship is becoming a problem in the United States. According to PEN America, the leading US organization for the promotion of literature and the defense of freedom of expression, 1,586 books were banned in 86 school districts in 26 states from July 31, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Texas leads with the largest number of censored books, 713, followed by Pennsylvania and Florida. In this state last April, ultraconservative governor Ron DeSantis, one of the candidates for the Republican primary for the presidential elections of 2024, banned more than 50 math books for their “political” content. 54 out of 132 texts rejected by the education department, 41% of the total accused of “indoctrinating” pupils with “socio-emotional” and “political” content, according to the governor. (HANDLE).
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