Book Censorship on the Rise in American Schools | AlterNet

There were at least 49 book bannings or removals from the classroom this year.
Censorship of books is increasing across the United States.  A new report by the Kids’ Right to Read Project (KRRP), an initiative of the National Coalition Against Censorship, shows that an increasing number of books dealing with race and sexuality or written by authors of color are being withdrawn from classrooms, The Guardian notes.

In November, the project, which fights against such censorship, dealt with three times their normal caseload.  In 2013, the Kids’ Right to Read Project looked into 49 book bannings or removals from the classroom.  That was a 53 percent increase in bannings from last year.  Many of the challenges to books came from parents, though some also came from local government officials.

he banned books include classics like Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man; Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye; and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple.  

“Whether or not patterns like this are the result of co-ordination between would-be censors across the country is impossible to say,” KRRP’s Acacia O’Connor told The Guardian.  “But there are moments, when a half-dozen or so challenges regarding race or LGBT content hit within a couple weeks, where you just have to ask ‘what is going on out there?’”

On the other hand, KRRP can count some success stories.  For instance, this months,  Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima was unbanned from classrooms in Driggs, Idaho. Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits was also unbanned from schools in Boone, North Carolina.

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"No evil has ever been eliminated by suppressing its symptoms. We need to address the cause itself."

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Jailing the oppressors would mean they had no real power to oppress. 

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Jailing the oppressors would mean they had no real power to oppress. 

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Update on Chemicals in Walmart Meat and Story Leaked to #WalmartElves

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Some more Chemical Lies

Editor’s note: This post was submitted to #WalmartElves anonymously last year. We have included screenshots of info related to it recently revealed on November 23, 2013.

First let me start by saying this isn’t as much an employee mistreatment…

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#honeybooboo, better with #honeybourbon. Wild Turkeys. Couldn’t drag me away.

#honeybooboo, better with #honeybourbon. Wild Turkeys. Couldn’t drag me away.

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this was so powerful I cried

Let me just introduce you guys to Rudy Francisco a.k.a my all-time favorite poet. I get chills whenever I hear him speak. Seriously go look him up on YouTube

They said nothing of the cemetery growing inside the body of the girl

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So, Imagine that the company you work for held a poll, and asked everyone if they thought it would be a good idea to put a soda machine in the break room. The poll came back, and the majority of your colleagues said “Yes”, indicating that they would like a soda machine. Some said no, but the majority said yes. So, a week later, there’s a soda machine. Now imagine that Bill in accounting voted against the soda machine. He has a strong hatred for caffeinated soft drinks, thinks they are bad you you, whatever. He campaigns throughout the office to get the machine removed. Well, management decides “OK, we’ll ask again” and again, the majority of people say “Yes, lets keep the soda machine.” Bill continues to campaign, and management continues to ask the employees, and every time, the answer is in favor of the soda machine. This happens, lets say… 35 times. Eventually, Bill says “OK, I’M NOT PROCESSING PAYROLL ANYMORE UNTIL THE SODA MACHINE IS REMOVED”, so nobody will get paid unless management removes the machine. What should we do???

Answer: Fire Bill and get someone who will do the fucking job.

Bonus: Bill tells everyone that he was willing to “Negotiate”, to come to a solution where everyone got their payroll checks, but only so long as that negotiation capitulated to his demand to remove the soda machine.

Bill is a fucking jackass.

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