Stories tagged: "book ban"


North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson speaks at a Senate Education Committee hearing on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Robinson and other far-right Republican leaders have been at the forefront of conservative culture war politics at the local school board level. (AP Photo/Bryan Anderson)
The Far Right’s Culture War Is Hitting Home in North Carolina School Board Races

There are candidates who want to to something about real school issues like school bus shortages and school funding. You just have to sort through the fringe far right candidates to find them.

Amanda Darrow, director of youth, family and education programs at the Utah Pride Center, poses with books that have been the subject of complaints from parents in Salt Lake City on Dec. 16, 2021.  The wave of attempted book banning and restrictions continues to intensify, the American Library Association reported. Numbers for 2022 already approach last year's totals, which were the highest in decades. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Why Banning Books Is A Jim Crow Practice

For Banned Books Week, an N.C. State professor of English explains how the recent surge in bans is targeting Black people and LGBTQ people.

Chalina Morgan-Lopez, a senior at  Sanderson High School in Raleigh. (Courtesy of Chalina Morgan-Lopez)
Book Banners Tried to Stop This NC Teenager’s Speech. It Didn’t Work.

Raleigh’s Chalina Morgan-Lopez sees herself and her family in the literature that right-wing book banners are targeting. She’s not going to take it.

'Anything that is showing us different facets of life, of human experience, is always helpful for students, especially in rural counties like this,' Haywood County NAACP President Dorothea Stewart told C&P.  'If we read about one another we are able to understand one another. It creates empathy.' (Image by pupunkkop/Canva)
Small-town NC Schools Battle Over Books with Racial and LGBTQ Themes

A push to ban books dealing with discrimination has been spreading across North Carolina, mostly in smaller and more rural school districts. This is hurting children’s educations and futures, opponents say.