Posts Tagged ‘ challenged for: sexual content ’

Fun Home Victory in New Jersey!

October 8, 2018
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Fun Home Victory in New Jersey!

Alison Bechdel’s critically acclaimed memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic will remain in the English curriculum at Watchung Hills Regional High School in New Jersey. The school board voted to keep the graphic novel 7 – 2, despite the calls for its removal by the community. Instead, the curriculum has been expanded to make Fun Home…

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Why Comics Are Banned

September 24, 2018
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Why Comics Are Banned

Every year, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports of book challenges from around the country–that is, a request from an individual or group for a book to be restricted or removed from a library or classroom. Over the years OIF has tracked the books and comics that are challenged and…

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A Tale of Two Kitties (and Two Annes): The Censorship of Anne Frank

August 6, 2018
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A Tale of Two Kitties (and Two Annes): The Censorship of Anne Frank

Author’s Note: Thanks to Carlotta at 360 Amsterdam and employees of the Anne Frank Fonds working at the Anne Frank House, who answered my many questions. All mistakes are the authors. “I live in a crazy time” –Anne Frank The Year was 1942. Walt Disney’s fifth animated feature, Bambi, was released in theaters. Bing Crosby’s…

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CBLDF Joins Call to Restore BUCK to Classrooms in Maryland

December 21, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Call to Restore BUCK to Classrooms in Maryland

CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project in calling for the restoration of BUCK: A Memoir by M.K. Asante to Baltimore County School District classrooms. CBLDF is a sponsor of KRRP. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many ways, and the unique…

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Baltimore Pulls Buck Out of School

December 8, 2017
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Baltimore Pulls  Buck  Out of School

Baltimore County School District has caved to pressure from parents and removed MK Asante’s award winning memoir Buck from the curriculum at Digital Harbor High School. Parents claimed profanity, as well as graphically described sexual acts, were the reasons Buck was inappropriate for 9th graders. Out of a 272-page book, parents complaints mostly centered around one out-of-context chapter…

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CBLDF Defends A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl in Wyoming

December 1, 2017
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CBLDF Defends A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl in Wyoming

CBLDF has joined the defense of Tanya Stone’s A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl after it was challenged at Cody High School in Wyoming. In early November, a parent complained about sexual content in the book, demanding its removal from the school library. While parents are within their rights to make decisions for…

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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Under Fire in Las Vegas

November 17, 2017
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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Under Fire in Las Vegas

Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is under fire again, this time at a school in Las Vegas, Nevada. We learned of the challenge via a biased news report. Shateraka Hampton is upset that her 7th grade son is reading the book for an assignment at Democracy Prep at Agassi Campus,…

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Minnesota Principal Defends Absolutely True Diary from Challenge

May 25, 2017
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Minnesota Principal Defends Absolutely True Diary from Challenge

Good news from Minnesota! Following receipt of a letter from National Coalition Against Censorship member organizations including CBLDF, the principal of New London-Spicer Middle School responded that she will recommend keeping Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in the 8th grade curriculum. The book was challenged by parents who said it…

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Alexie Challenged Again, This Time in Minnesota

May 12, 2017
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Alexie Challenged Again, This Time in Minnesota

Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was recently challenged in Wisconsin, and now it’s under attack in neighboring Minnesota. A pair of parents of New London-Spicer Schools 8th graders have challenged the acclaimed novel, citing “gratuitous and unnecessary” profanity and reference to sexual acts as reasons for offense. Despite being offered…

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VICTORY: “Beloved Bill” Vetoed in Virginia

March 24, 2017
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VICTORY: “Beloved Bill” Vetoed in Virginia

The bill that never dies, the so-called “Beloved bill” in Virginia has been put down by Governor Terry McAuliffe, who has vetoed the latest attempt to attack reading materials in schools. CBLDF joined multiple letters in opposition to the overly-broad legislation. This is the second time that Governor McAuliffe has had to veto the bill, which…

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