violations of the Constitution
IMAGINARY violations of the Constitution
(Since when were "Democrats" interested in upholding the Constitution)
The latest book ban hoax
Following Amanda Gorman's reading of her poem at President Joe Biden's inauguration, administrators at a school in Florida decided the poem would make valuable middle school-level reading. So, they switched the shelf it was on in a K-8 school library — and sparked an international outrage incident.
"I am gutted," Gorman wrote in a successful press release. " Book bans aren’t new, but they have been on the rise." ABC ran a story with the headline, "Amanda Gorman Poem for Biden Inauguration Banned in South Florida School." PBS went with "Amanda Gorman Inaugural Poem Banned from Florida School." Variety noted that "Amanda Gorman Book Sales Skyrocket in Sales Despite Florida Book Ban."
Try to square these headlines with the undisputed facts of the case.
As some, but not all, of the articles relate, the Miami-Dade school district stated that "no literature (book or poem) has been banned or removed. It was determined that 'The Hill We Climb' is better suited for middle school students and, it was shelved in the middle school section of the media center." According to the school, "it remains accessible to all students." According to the Washington Post, students must demonstrate that they are effective readers at the poem's grade level to check it out.
If the book remains in the school library, then you might conclude that it has not been banned. But here’s the interesting thing: According to the now long-standing definition of "banned" used by left-leaning media outlets, it actually has been.
Gorman’s press release called on readers to donate to PEN America, which has written seminal and widely covered reports on the rise of "book banning" in America. According to PEN America, if a book has been temporarily removed for review and then returned to school library shelves, then it has been banned. If a book is no longer available in a middle school library but is available in a high school library, then, according to PEN America, it has been banned. If a book is taken off an assigned class reading list but continues to be in a school library, then, according to PEN America, it has been banned. If a book is removed from a library but is assigned in class, then, according to PEN America, it has been banned.
In raising the national alarm over book banning, PEN America has invoked the specter of fascism, noting that "book bans have an ignominious history — they have been the tools of heinous regimes from Nazi Germany to apartheid South Africa." A historically astute reader might be able to discern a difference here: When the Nazi Party pulled the works of Thomas Mann off of shelves, they did not briefly review and then reshelve them. They burned them.
As the Heritage Foundation’s Jay Greene has found, the vast majority (74%) of books that PEN America lists as banned actually remain available in school libraries. The ones that stay off tend to be pornographic. In fact, as the Washington Post reports, the vast majority of book challenges were based on objections to sexually explicit material. As one Mom for Liberty told the Post, referencing the most-banned Gender Queer, "If that book was made without the strap-on dildo [picture], that book wouldn’t be challenged."
Gorman’s poem was not sexually inappropriate. And the parental objection to it was meritless and inane. But the school review committee concluded that, due to the vocabulary level, it would be better placed in the middle school section of the library — where, to repeat, students of any grade are perfectly free to take it off the shelf and students who can read at its grade level can check it out.
(More at the linked site)
United we stand, with Biden we fall.