Many on the left are in an uproar because parents in Florida now have a right to know what books are being used in schools, and can have inappropriate books removed from the school library.

When I was a high school biology teacher, my school had selected and used the Glencoe Biology textbook. Did that mean my school district was censoring and violating the free speech of other publishers? Of course not.

So the fact that the state has rejected large numbers of textbooks because they are inappropriate doesn’t mean that the publishers are being silenced. They are free to print all of the books they want. Florida schools just aren’t buying them, and that isn’t censorship.

So back to the complaints of censorship from the left. They complain that books like The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison are being “banned.” Read this passage from the book, and you will know why. The following passage describes a father raping his daughter:

The confused mixture of his memories of Pauline and the doing of a wild and forbidden thing excited him, and a bolt of desire ran down his genitals, giving it length, and softening the lips of his anus. Surrounding all of this lust was a border of politeness. He wanted to fuck her – tenderly. But the tenderness would not hold. The tightness of her vagina was more than he could bear. His soul seemed to slip down to his guts and fly out into her, and the gigantic thrust he made into her then provoked the only sound she made – a hollow suck of air in the back of her throat. Like the rapid loss of air from a circus balloon. Following the disintegration – the falling away – of sexual desire, he was conscious of her wet, soapy hands on his wrists, the fingers clenching, but whether her grip was from a hopeless but stubborn struggle to be free, or from some other emotion, he could not tell. Removing himself from her was so painful to him he cut it short and snatched his genitals out of the dry harbor of her vagina.

Like the last “banned” book I reviewed, “Lawn Boy,” this book is not appropriate for any school to have in its library. I’m not saying that the book should be outlawed. I’m saying that schools shouldn’t use tax dollars to make it available for children. I don’t care how many Nobel literature prizes the author has gotten.

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Trotsky's Pick Axe · April 16, 2022 at 2:41 pm

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

“Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.”

“The goal of socialism is communism.”

Vladimir Lenin

Jonathan · April 16, 2022 at 4:19 pm

No, not censorship. This is saying “I won’t provide it to you”. Censorship is saying “you’re not allowed to access it”.

Beans · April 16, 2022 at 8:19 pm

And now the Leftist progs are whining that the Governor’s Office has rejected over 40 math textbooks because they are full of CRT bullscat.

In math books.


What the Heck?

Skyler the Weird · April 17, 2022 at 6:27 am

The Nobel Prize in Literature is probably like the Peace Prize. These days you just win for being of African descent. Same thing has happened to the Hugo Award.

Will · April 17, 2022 at 8:16 am

Way back in the mid 60s there was a copy of “The Story of O” in my high school library. Could be why I’m still warped today.

Carlos the Jackal · April 17, 2022 at 8:49 am

We can rightly assume that the Nobel prize for literature is as corrupted and worthless as the Nobel peace prize.

Paulb · April 17, 2022 at 10:45 am

The whole of “The Bluest Eye” is like that. It’s awful.
I had to read it in college in a Gen Ed class. I remember saying that I compared the book favorably with James Joyce… “and everyone except for teachers fuckin’ hates James Joyce.”
The value of controversial books as teaching tools comes from their quality, not their subversive or offensive nature, otherwise it’s just a circle jerk where the last one to finish gets punished. The days of people getting all het up over a black woman writing the F word are past, and so the cache of The Bluest Eye decreased until it was decided to introduce it as a High school required reading book, rather than a college one, because people were getting insufficiently impressed with the book.
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is a good example of using controversial material as a teaching tool…, but it’s actually literature, not a handful of shit thrown at the wall and sold as art for the most discerning eyes only. Sadly, Chaucer didn’t identify as a proud black woman, as far as we know, anyhow, so students aren’t reading him, or any European caucasians these days.

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