The ban was condemned by the White House as censorship, Reuters reported.
In late March, Daily Salinas, a mother of two, proposed to the school to withdraw a collection of poet Gorman’s poetry because, she says, her poems seek to indoctrinate children. She criticizes the poem The Hill We Climb, part of which the young black poet composed on January 6, 2021, when supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the Capitol. The poem is supposed to be an appeal to the divided American society and a message of hope, writes AFP.
In the complaint, the mother only stated that the poem contained hateful messages.
Bob Graham’s school didn’t ban the book outright, but relegated it to the 11-and-up section.
“So they’re banning my book from young readers, confusing me with Oprah, not specifying which parts of my poetry they find offensive, refusing to read any reviews and offering no alternatives… Such unnecessary book bans are on the rise and we have to fight back,” Gorman wrote on Facebook. She added a photo of Salinas’ complaint, which listed host Oprah Winfrey as the author of the collection on the form.
So they ban my book from young readers, confuse me with @oprah , fail to specify what parts of my poetry they object to,…
Posted by Amanda Gorman on Tuesday, May 23, 2023
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Books are part of the culture war in America
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday called on Americans to oppose the book ban. She called the school’s decision censorship.
The American Library Association announced in March that efforts to ban books had doubled in 2022 compared to the previous year, writes Reuters. AFP points out that the culture war between Republicans and Democrats is dividing the US. Some conservative states are trying to restrict youth access to literature they say promotes homosexuality, progressive ideologies or is offensive.
Florida is moving in this direction, where it was made possible by laws passed by Governor Ron DeSantis, who on Wednesday officially announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the post of US president, AP writes.
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