Congratulations to the Texas Tribune for getting the word “seized” into their tweet, with politicians in Texas “seizing” on a sexually graphic book to apparently whip white parents into a frenzy over what sorts of materials their children are exposed to in school. We’d ask 1) what’s the reason for specifying the race of the parents and 2) is that statement even true? Do parents of students of color (minus Asian) care what their kids are exposed to?
The coming-of-age memoir "Gender Queer" has become a lightning rod in Texas. But the scrutiny over school library books, which is largely being driven by white parents, is part of a nationwide political phenomenon. https://t.co/Eh7yer4pVB
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) November 13, 2021
“How a young-adult oral sex scene touched off Texas’ latest culture war.” As we noted the other day, AFT president Randi Weingarten seemed to think it was an attack on LGBTQ stories, as she conveniently didn’t mention the sexually explicit passages. One white mom “didn’t read the book, but what she saw — a few pages of explicit illustrations depicting oral sex — was disturbing to her.” So it’s just a few pages of explicit illustrations.
Make sure to stuff a race issue in there. Good work.
— Mike Moss (@_MikeMoss) November 13, 2021
— Xavier James Gilray (@GilrayJames) November 13, 2021
Why does the skin color of those concerned about this matter @evanasmith ?
— Wade Miller 1️⃣7️⃣7️⃣6️⃣ (@WadeMiller_USMC) November 13, 2021
Now racism is their cry, but don't forget they want to normalize pedophilia and "school library books" is one more way to do it.
— Simba Tarzan (@imasample13) November 13, 2021
I don’t know any black parents that want their kids to read this pornographic trash either.
— We are all Trolling 🤨 (@WeGovernUSA) November 13, 2021
Y’all are losing the culture war that most normies have finally realized is happening and y’all are freaking out about it.
— Barner Cat (@Barner2024) November 13, 2021
Yeah, it's only "white parents" who care about what their kids read 🤦🏾♀️
— Sophisticated unvaxed crowd (@MizzzLo) November 13, 2021
— rusty stonelake (@collectorgrid) November 13, 2021
We skimmed through the very long piece to find the evidence that it’s white parents causing all the ruckus, but all we found was this: “But the scrutiny over school library books, which is largely being driven by white parents, is already a nationwide political phenomenon.”
So if we’re getting this right, white parents are taking an interest in sexually explicit materials in their kids’ schools. And?
Randi Weingarten says LGBTQ people exist and banning books isn’t something we should stand for https://t.co/aOpgpLrqt9
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 12, 2021