New York school district rolls back book ban targeting POC authors


At a recent school board meeting, a member, Mike Wagner, noted that banning books amounted to mistrust of local teachers.

The Central York, New York, school board on Monday overturned its decision to ban books written by authors of color after protests from students, parents and teachers and a growing social media backlash.

“We are talking and listening to parents and community members to better understand and address concerns,” said a board member. Jodi grothe before the vote, according to The York Dispatch. “We heard you. “

A New York school board reversed its decision to ban books written by authors of color after protests from students, parents and teachers. (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The school board reinstated the diversity resource list in effect immediately after voting for the initial ban in November 2020.

Resources included in the ban included Oscar-nominated PBS documentary I’m not your nigga explore the writing of James baldwin, and a coloring book for children featuring African Adinkra symbols.

At a recent school council meeting, a member, Mike Wagner, noted that the ban amounted to mistrust of teachers. “There were some board members who didn’t trust the teachers to do their job – and secondly, we didn’t trust the administration to do their job in regards to this list,” a- he declared.

Following the ban, a website was created to support the candidacy of four new school board members in this year’s election on November 2.

“Welcome citizens of the Central York School District,” it read. “We believe our district deserves skilled and experienced leaders who are committed to serving our students, parents and taxpayers, not special interests or political agendas. On November 2, we have the opportunity to elect four pillars of our community to the school board.

Becky Riek, Amy Milsten, Joel Folkemer and Corey thurman have shown a lifelong commitment to community and public service, ”says the site. “As school board members, they will always put our interests first. “

The Central York School District ban came as Tories began to oppose Critical Race Theory, a philosophy of higher education that postulates that race and the slavery heritage of the America are at the heart of the evils of social justice in this country.

Dozens of school districts across the country have banned the teaching of critical race theory. Earlier this month, a principal at a Texas high school was suspended and charged with teaching the practice.

As previously stated, Dr. James whitfield from Colleyville Heritage High School in the Dallas area shared in a Facebook post, “I’m not the Boogeyman CRT (Critical Race Theory). I am the first African American to assume the role of principal of my current school in its 25 year history, and I am keenly aware of the fear that this strikes in the hearts of a small minority who would much prefer let things go back to the way they were.

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