More Republican leaders try to ban books on race, LGBTQ issues

  • outdoorsguy

    Member
    December 20, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    <div>Desantis “Stop WOKE Act,” and The Nazi book Burnings</div>

    In Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has offered up the use of this novel enforcement mechanism to fight the culture wars in classrooms and corporations, which should send a chill down any freedom-loving person’s spine.

    Called the “Stop WOKE Act,” the bill would allow any parent to sue a school district for teaching “critical race theory.

    While “critical race theory” is a white scare term the right uses to make it sound like there’s some novel and esoteric indoctrination going on in schools, a little digging shows

    what Republicans actually mean by the term is any lessons or materials that acknowledge racism had any impact on American history. Conservatives groups are demanding schools ban books about the 1963 March on Washington or Brown v. the Board of Education.

    The Nazi book burnings were a campaign conducted by the German Student Union (German: Deutsche Studentenschaft, DSt) to ceremonially burn books in Nazi Germany and Austria in the 1930s.

    The books targeted for burning were those viewed as being subversive or as representing ideologies opposed to Nazism.These included books written by Jewish, communist, socialist, anarchist, liberals

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_book_burnings

    https://www.salon.com/2021/12/16/ron-desantis-escalates-his-authoritarian-purge-bounty-hunters-are-the-next-frontier/

  • roadbikerob

    Member
    December 20, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    It is horribly sad how the Republican Party has morphed into an organization of intense hatred, conspiracy theories, and flaky fundamentalism. Most of today’s republicans want an oppressive theocratic dictatorship that is ruled by the wealthiest 1%.

  • Sumpter

    Member
    December 22, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    A rehash of Nazi book burning is not really necessary in this case. It’s hyperbole.

    No one here seems to have bothered to actually take a look at the book in question. But the NPR story seems to have been written to cause unhinged reactions from the usual suspects and to bash Republicans.

    The story is about a single book called Gender Queer: A Memoir. It is in comic book form and many people would characterize a few frames as soft porn. Perhaps it’s not the best thing for a 16 year old to see. That should be a parents call. The book is allegedly autobiographical and as to that who can know another person’s story. The only objections for most would be the graphics presentations that we’re not necessary to tell the story. I doubt it would be of much interest to most HS students.

  • outdoorsguy

    Member
    December 22, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    They Propose to ban 850 books in Texas schools, including
    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

    Boy Erased:
    A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family.

    Krause’s
    The Hate U Give, which centers on a teen whose childhood best friend was killed by the police.

    Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison, One Waukee, Iowa, resident, after reading an excerpt from Lawn Boy that mentioned oral sex

    Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe

    <b style=”font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: 1.6875rem;”>“Queer youth are often forced to look outside their own homes, and outside the education system, to find information on who they are,” Kobabe said in the Washington Post op-ed. “Removing or restricting queer books in libraries and schools is like cutting a lifeline for queer youth, who might not yet even know what terms to ask Google to find out more about their own identities, bodies, and health.”

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/jgm8nk/parents-banning-books-in-schools

    <b style=”font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: 1.6875rem;”>The Nazi book burnings were a campaign conducted by the German Student Union (German: Deutsche Studentenschaft, DSt) to ceremonially burn books in Nazi Germany and Austria in the 1930s.

    <b style=”font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: 1.6875rem;”>Like in Texas and Florida now The books targeted for burning were those viewed as being subversive or as representing ideologies opposed to Nazism.These included books written by Jewish, communist, socialist, anarchist, liberals

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_book_burnings

    <b style=”font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: 1.6875rem;”>https://www.salon.com/2021/12/16/ron-desantis-escalates-his-authoritarian-purge-bounty-hunters-are-the-next-frontier/