Posts Tagged ‘ the bluest eye ’

Toni Morrison Books Survive Another Challenge from Florida Tea Party

August 26, 2019
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Toni Morrison Books Survive Another Challenge from Florida Tea Party

Last week news came out of Marion County School District that the school board and Superintendent were standing behind Toni Morrison’s Beloved and The Bluest Eye, as well as Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia. These three books were challenged again after a local political group, It’s Your Tea Party Florida, decided it didn’t like the recommendation from…

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Committee Recommends Against Restoring Books in Florida Middle Schools

June 19, 2019
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Committee Recommends Against Restoring Books in Florida Middle Schools

Back in February, CBLDF reported on a political group in Florida demanding the removal of 14 books from Marion County School District. Reports have just come in that the committee has finished reading and discussing the works officially challenged, and their recommendations, along with those of the Superintendent, have been given to the school board…

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Florida Tea Party Group Demands District Ban 14 Books

February 27, 2019
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Florida Tea Party Group Demands District Ban 14 Books

It’s Your Tea Party Florida has demanded that Marion County School District remove 14 books from their middle and high school libraries the group believe are “obscene, even pornographic.” Superintendent of Schools Heidi Maier removed the books from the middle school libraries, saying they were not age appropriate. However, she chose to keep the titles…

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Alaska School Board Removes Four Titles from Reading List After Parent Complaints

February 28, 2017
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Alaska School Board Removes Four Titles from Reading List After Parent Complaints

Five popular, award-winning, and critically praised novels were recently removed from an alternative reading list for high school students in Nome, Alaska after parent complaints, leading to a contentious public debate at a school board meeting last week where other parents came out in support of the books. By the end of the meeting Sherman…

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VICTORY in Michigan: The Bluest Eye Remains in Northville AP Class

April 13, 2016
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VICTORY in Michigan: The Bluest Eye Remains in Northville AP Class

In a victory for the freedom to read, the school board in Northville, Michigan voted unanimously last night to keep Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye in the curriculum for AP English Literature and Composition. To accommodate parents who had expressed concerns about the book, the board also said students may choose an alternate reading assignment…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Bluest Eye in Michigan School District

April 12, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Bluest Eye in Michigan School District

Toni Morrison’s classic novel The Bluest Eye is under fire in yet another school district, with parents in Northville, Michigan saying the book might inspire “deviant behavior” and contains “negative references…against the Christian faith,” among many other complaints. In advance of a school board meeting tonight, CBLDF has signed on to a letter from the…

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Parent Group Pressures Florida School District to Ban Four Books

June 10, 2015
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Parent Group Pressures Florida School District to Ban Four Books

A parents’ group in Collier County, Florida is taking aim at four books in school libraries that they describe as “highly inappropriate [and] essentially pornographic.” Members of the organization known as Parents ROCK want Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Beloved, Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban, and Lois Duncan’s Killing Mr. Griffin removed from school…

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The Bluest Eye Restored to Durant High School Library

May 22, 2014
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The Bluest Eye Restored to Durant High School Library

Victory in Durant, Oklahoma! Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye has returned to library shelves at Durant High School after a review committee earlier this week denied a parent’s request to have the book removed. Michele Williams challenged the book’s presence in the school library last month after reading hyperbolic accounts of its contents and the…

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The Color Purple and The Bluest Eye Challenged in North Carolina AP Class

April 28, 2014
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The Color Purple and The Bluest Eye Challenged in North Carolina AP Class

Two frequently-challenged novels by African American authors are once again under fire in North Carolina–this time from a parent whose daughter is not even in the class where they were used. Wendell resident Dawn MacGibbon is pushing for Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple to be removed from classes in…

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The Bluest Eye Removed From Oklahoma High School Library Pending Review

April 15, 2014
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The Bluest Eye Removed From Oklahoma High School Library Pending Review

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, which yesterday made the list of the top 10 most frequently banned and challenged books of 2013, is facing yet another challenge in Durant, Oklahoma. Parent Michelle Williams heard about the book via social media, where it has been caught up in controversy over the Common Core standards, and investigated…

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