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Duluth District Removes To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn Over Racial Slurs

February 8, 2018
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Duluth District Removes To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn Over Racial Slurs

The Duluth school district is removing Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from required reading over the use of a racial slur. A specific challenge to the books did not trigger the removal, which was instead a response to several complaints about racial slurs registered by the district over the…

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CBLDF and Partners Urge Policy Change to Protect Books in Accomack County

December 12, 2016
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CBLDF and Partners Urge Policy Change to Protect Books in Accomack County

Following last week’s welcome decision by the school board in Accomack County, Virginia to restore The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird to school libraries and classrooms after they were challenged by a parent, CBLDF and its partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project followed up with a letter urging that the district…

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Virginia School Board Votes to Restore Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn

December 7, 2016
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Virginia School Board Votes to Restore Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn

The classic novels To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are back in school libraries and classrooms in Accomack County, Virginia today after the school board last night voted not to ban them in response to a parent’s complaint about racial slurs in the books. The board also formed a committee to…

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Abrams, Gackley Shelve Children’s Book Parody After Social Media Attacks

December 5, 2016
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Abrams, Gackley Shelve Children’s Book Parody After Social Media Attacks

At the request of the book’s author, Abrams is canceling future printings of Bad Little Children’s Books following a Twitter-storm that took sections from the satirical book out of context, mischaracterizing the book as bigoted. Late last week, CBLDF signed a National Coalition Against Censorship-authored letter of support for the publisher and the book. Bad Little Children’s…

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CBLDF Joins Statement Regarding Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Stifling of Free Speech

September 13, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Statement Regarding Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Stifling of Free Speech

CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship condemning the boycott of an Ashland, Oregon, bookstore. The boycott resulted from the display of books that had been banned for racial reasons and was led by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which deemed the display “hurtful and offensive.” Due to financial hardship imposed by…

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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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The Tweeks Challenge Parents and Kids to Read Bone

July 20, 2015
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The Tweeks, twin teen geeks Maddy and Anya Ernst, welcome us to their first ComicMix Challenged Challenge with a passionate discussion about Jeff Smith’s classic graphic novel, Bone: Out of Boneville. As the Tweeks point out, although this book has become modern favorite for many readers and in many ways has paved the way for…

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Ninth Circuit Court Finds Constitutional Problems with AZ Law that Censored Mexican American Studies Program

July 17, 2015
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Ninth Circuit Court Finds Constitutional Problems with AZ Law that Censored Mexican American Studies Program

The students and teachers of Tucson’s now defunct Mexican American Studies program have been fighting against the Arizona state law that led to the dissolution of the program. Recently, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that hopefully puts them one step closer to striking it down. Arce v. Douglas (formerly Arce v.…

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Tintin in America Deemed Too Adult for the Kid’s Section in Winnipeg Library

June 24, 2015
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Tintin in America

Tintin in America will be returning to shelves in Winnipeg, Canada, public libraries after it was pulled entirely from the system based on numerous complaints received regarding its dated and controversial depictions of Native Americans, but it won’t be going back to the kid’s section — it will be shelved in the adult section of…

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North Carolina Woman Challenges Absolutely True Diary for Second Time

April 24, 2015
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North Carolina Woman Challenges Absolutely True Diary for Second Time

The Brunswick County, North Carolina woman who last year waged a fruitless months-long battle to have Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian banned from a local middle school has resurfaced this week to challenge the same book again, this time in a high school. This time around, she has adopted the…

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