Book banning has become a favorite pastime among some right-wingers. In Florida, it has become especially widespread with Duval County schools getting a lot of attention for some of the choices it made when banning different materials. Now, one parent in Miami-Dade county has made it illegal for elementary students to see or read one of the most inspiring parts of President Biden’s inauguration. Namely, the poem that was read by poet Amanda Gorman. And it is all because 1 parent objected.

The Miami Herald reports that the poem titled “The Hills We Climb,” was removed from the K-5 curriculum in the county after local parent Daily Salinas declared the poem as inappropriate for students.

In addition Gorman’s poem, Salinas also objected to four other books: The ABCs of Black History, Cuban KidsCountries in the News Cuba, and Love to Langston for what she claimed were filled with “indirect hate messages” inspired by critical race theory.

Despite this, Salinas claims she is against censorship.

Unfortunately, 1 parent, or just a handful of parents leading a school district around by the nose isn’t as unusual as some would like to believe.

A study conducted by the Washington Post found that only 11 people were responsible for more than half of more than 1,000 different book challenges analyzed by the paper, with one power banner responsible for 92 challenges all by himself.

“Together, these serial filers constituted 6 percent of all book challengers — but were responsible for 60 percent of all filings,” the Post states.

The percentages of “serial filers” goes way up in states like Florida and Texas.

Despite their self-righteous claims, these habitual filers are not representing anything that resembles a majority, or even a plurality of people. This is the opposite of democracy and some might call it passive  political terrorism.

Gorman’s poem was lauded as “inspiring” and “powerful” by many, including Michelle Obama and Bernice King, daughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr.

It is also no secret that Gorman was inspired by the events of January 6th, 2021 to write the poem that she read at Biden’s inauguration.

Gorman’s poem, The Hills We Climb is a message of hope, resilience, and a brighter future. And now, elementary students in Miami, Florida are forbidden to read or see that message. And teachers in Miami, Florida are subject to firing, fines, and worse if they dare utter a passage from it.

Read the full text of Amanda Gorman’s “The Hills We Climb” and decide for yourself if you would be afraid of your child being inspired by it:

When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

The loss we carry. A sea we must wade.

We braved the belly of the beast.

We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice.

And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it.

Somehow we do it.

Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.

We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.

And, yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.

We are striving to forge our union with purpose.

To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.

And so we lift our gaze, not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.

We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.

We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.

We seek harm to none and harmony for all.

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true.

That even as we grieved, we grew.

That even as we hurt, we hoped.

That even as we tired, we tried.

That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.

Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid.

If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made.

That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb, if only we dare.

It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit.

It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.

We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation, rather than share it.

Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.

And this effort very nearly succeeded.

But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.

In this truth, in this faith we trust, for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.

This is the era of just redemption.

We feared at its inception.

We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour.

But within it we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.

So, while once we asked, how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe, now we assert, how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?

We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.

We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, become the future.

Our blunders become their burdens.

But one thing is certain.

If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.

Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.

We will rise from the golden hills of the West.

We will rise from the windswept Northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution.

We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the Midwestern states.

We will rise from the sun-baked South.

We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.

And every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful, will emerge battered and beautiful.

When day comes, we step out of the shade of flame and unafraid.

The new dawn balloons as we free it.

For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.

It is fascinating that a certain segment of our population, namely MAGA Republicans and those inspired by the Q-Anon conspiracy garbage, think that the violence of January 6th, 2021 is “legitimate political discourse” but a peaceful poem that inspires Americans to peacefully climb beyond the violence and work towards a better tomorrow is unacceptable and must be banned.

It is amazing that Salinas didn’t force Miami schools to ban Biden’s own inauguration speech, which also was a message of hope and inspiration.