WICHITA, Kansas — The Goddard school district has removed more than two dozen books from circulation in the district’s school libraries, citing national attention and challenges to the books elsewhere.
The list of books includes several well-known novels, including “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky.
It also includes “Fences,” a play by August Wilson that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1987, and “They Called Themselves the K.K.K.,” a historical look at how the white supremacist group took root in America.
Weird, huh, how so many of these works are about minorities triumphing over adversity from straight/white/male/Xristians? Anyway, for the disingenuous double-speak award of the year:
“At this time, the district is not in a position to know if the books contained on this list meet our educational goals or not,” [Julie Cannizzo, assistant superintendent for academic affairs in Goddard] wrote in the email. “Additionally, we need to gain a better understanding of the processes utilized to select books for our school libraries.”
Here’s an idea, Julie: ASK A LIBRARIAN. Bet they know the answer!
UPDATE 1: That didn’t take long – Virginia is proposing burning books
The board voted 6–0 to order the removal. Berkeley District representative Erin Grampp was not in attendance for the vote on that issue.
Two board members, Courtland representative Rabih Abuismail and Livingston representative Kirk Twigg, said they would like to see the removed books burned.
“I think we should throw those books in a fire,” Abuismail said, and Twigg said he wants to “see the books before we burn them so we can identify within our community that we are eradicating this bad stuff.”