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American Federation of Teachers joins coalition to stop those who are banning books, 'trying to ban knowledge'

One of the hot new accusations against conservatives is that they’re banning books left and right. And usually, a “ban” means that a book has been reserved for a more age-appropriate audience. For example, there was an uproar on social media over the banning of the Holocaust graphic novel “Maus,” but it wasn’t banned — it was just moved up to a higher grade level. That’s not to say books haven’t been banned — liberals have banned classics such as “To Kill a Mockingbird.”


Randi Weingarten, who has limited replies to her tweet and yet is perhaps the most ratio’d person on Twitter whenever she tweets, said her union, the American Federation of Teachers, has joined a coalition to prevent the banning of books by people who are “trying to ban knowledge.”

PBS reports:

“This is a dangerous time for readers and the public servants who provide access to reading materials. Readers, particularly students, are losing access to critical information, and librarians and teachers are under attack for doing their jobs,” Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the library association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, said in a statement Tuesday. “It’s time that policymakers understand the severity of this issue.”

The library association reported last month that it tracked nearly 1,600 attempts to ban books in 2021, the highest since it began recording challenges more than 20 years ago.

They’ve tracked nearly 1,600 attempts to ban books just last year, and yet the article doesn’t name one.

It’s funny that Penguin Random House is a member of the coalition, seeing as its employees literally cried in an attempt to keep Penguin from publishing Jordan Peterson’s book.


People are posting images from the celebrated graphic novel “Gender Queer,” but we’re not going to post them here because the illustrations are literally pornographic. “Gender Queer” does come up in a interview PBS published last December with Nadra Nittle, a reporter for The 19th, “a non-profit newsroom covering politics, gender, and policy.”

So one book that has caught attention all over the nation is a book called Gender Queer, and it is written by a person who identifies as non-binary in terms of their gender. And that book has graphics as well, so there’s images in the book. And it also discusses this person’s journey to kind of accepting themselves as being non-binary is not conforming to, you know, typical gender constructs. And so that book, I would say, you know, from coast to coast, no matter which region of the country has really sparked some outrage in some circles.


“So there’s images in the book.”


Are we still “banning” “Huckleberry Finn” because of the n-word? Is that acceptable? What about Target pulling Abigail Shrier’s book on “the transgender craze that’s seducing our daughters”? Where was the outrage then? Shouldn’t that be in school libraries?


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