Posts Tagged ‘ challenged for: political viewpoint ’

New Jersey Parent Objects to “One-Way Thinking” in Supplemental Text

August 5, 2016
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New Jersey Parent Objects to “One-Way Thinking” in Supplemental Text

A parent in Chatham, New Jersey, is asking the local school district to remove excerpts of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States from the high school curriculum, claiming that the book encourages “one-way thinking” rather than critical thinking. During the public comment period at the most recent school board meeting on July…

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International Release of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Breaks Singapore’s Silent History

March 3, 2016
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charliecover

This week marks the international release of comics creator Sonny Liew’s controversial-in-Singapore graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, and it’s already garnering praise and acclaim, furthering Liew’s goal to tell the story of Singapore’s silenced, secret — and what the country’s censorious arts council calls “sensitive” — history. In an interview with Comic Book Resources,…

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Book Challenge Debates Often Fuelled by Willful Ignorance

November 16, 2015
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Book Challenge Debates Often Fuelled by Willful Ignorance

Last year, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David K. Shipler’s book The Working Poor: Invisible in America was one of seven that were briefly suspended en masse from the school district curriculum in the affluent Dallas enclave of Highland Park. Although the district quickly reversed that action after much local and national criticism, The Working Poor later…

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A Summer of Attacks on the Freedom to Read

September 7, 2015
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A Summer of Attacks on the Freedom to Read

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer for many people. Vacations are over and school has started once again, but CBLDF didn’t get to take a break this summer. In the last couple of years, we’ve seen a new trend: Censors are as active — if not more so — during the summer months!…

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Barefoot Gen Ranked #1 Most Affecting Manga in Japanese Poll

September 3, 2015
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Barefoot Gen Ranked #1 Most Affecting Manga in Japanese Poll

In a recent poll done by Japanese website Goo, Keiji Nakazawa’s semi-autobiographical manga anti-war Barefoot Gen ranked number one as today’s most “traumatizing” manga. The poll asked readers to rank the top 28 manga that left an indelible emotional impression on them. Although a fair majority of the titles are classic and modern horror, science…

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Help Last Gasp Get Barefoot Gen Into Schools and Libraries!

August 7, 2015
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Help Last Gasp Get Barefoot Gen Into Schools and Libraries!

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, and with this momentous date, Last Gasp associate publisher Colin Turner is using Kickstarter to help deliver 4,000+ copies of Keiji Nakazawa’s classic anti-war manga Barefoot Gen into schools and libraries across the United States. A survivor…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending Children’s Books in Florida

July 30, 2015
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librarianbasra

Today, CBLDF joined a Kids’ Right to Read-led coalition to defend two children’s books being challenged in Duval County, Florida, over concerns that the books promote Islam and are critical of the US’s role in the Middle East. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many…

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Because of Arizona Ban, Ethnic Studies Programs Expand Around Country

July 23, 2015
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500 Years of Chicano History in pictures, one of the books removed from Tucson classrooms

Arizona legislators have long waged a battle against ethnic studies, culminating in a ban of Tucson’s acclaimed Mexican American Studies program. But in spite of — and really, because of — the ban, ethnic studies programs have expanded across the nation. Arizona Revised Statute § 15-112 is a law passed in 2010 by the Arizona…

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EXCLUSIVE: CBLDF Talks with Sonny Liew About The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye and Censorship

June 26, 2015
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charliecover

When it came time to print Sonny Liew’s newest graphic novel, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, the National Arts Council in Singapore abruptly withdrew their grant, leaving publisher Epigram Books with a financial burden. Taking on difficult subjects like Singapore’s historical struggle for independence and the repression of free expression, there was always…

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Police Brutality Project Pulled from School

June 18, 2015
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Clearview

In what was later admitted to be a knee-jerk reaction, Clearview Regional High School students in Gloucester County, New Jersey, were forced to take down their project, which focused on police brutality statstics within their community. The project, which was done as part of an awareness campaign in a humanitarian studies class, faced backlash from…

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