A school district in Texas is under fire for removing all books that were “challenged” last year from their libraries, according to a report from The Texas Tribune.
Ahead of the first day of school, the Keller Independent School District is removing all books that were challenged last year within the school district, including the Bible, “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison and a graphic novel adaptation of Anne Frank’s “The Diary of Young Girl.”
Jennifer Price, executive director of Keller ISD’s curriculum and instruction, sent an email to principals which reads:
“Attached is a list of all books that were challenged last year. By the end of today, I need all books pulled from the library and classrooms. Please collect these books and store them in a location. (book room, office, etc.)”
Some residents who send their children to schools in the Keller ISD said they didn’t understand why the books had been pulled since some of them — “The Bluest Eye” and “Anne Frank’s Diary” — had been recommended by a school district committee to remain in school libraries as recently as late last year.
Laney Hawes, who has four children in the district, said she suspects that money donated by a right wing PAC led to the actions taken by the Keller ISD:
“I feel bad for students who, many of them, the only opportunity they’re going to have to learn about really, really difficult topics is in books. I feel bad for the most marginalized kids in our school district, the LGBTQ+ kids and also a lot of the kids of color. I’m sad. I’m disheartened and I’m frustrated and I’m angry.”
It didn’t take long before Twitter also weighed in the banning of books by the school district:
I’d say this is giving new millennium “Fahrenheit 451,” but Texas has likely banned that, too, so they wouldn’t get the point.
Texas is gonna Texas. Y’all really need Beto and anyone he can drag with him into office. Banning Anne Frank? The Proud Boys and Oath Keepers won. https://t.co/tja5awptjY
— Bärí A. Williams, Esq. (@BariAWilliams) August 17, 2022
Texas you know I love you always, but we have to do better than pulling the Bible and the Diary of Anne Frank off of shelves in public schools. https://t.co/UA1M3b7Fkz
— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) August 17, 2022
The only people who don’t want Anne Frank’s Diary in the school library are Nazis. If you complained to the district about that book I’m gonna say you have to cosplay as a Brownshirt just so you can get an erection. https://t.co/fay05NheeN
— Sean Kent (@seankent) August 17, 2022
This is where we are in 2022 in the U.S.A. https://t.co/6595LNjCTv
— Jeremy Burton (@BurtonJM) August 16, 2022
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