On Tuesday, Popular Information reported that librarians in Charlotte County, Florida, were instructed by the school district superintendent to remove all books with LGBTQ characters. This story was based on a document dated July 24, 2023, obtained from the school district through a public records request. The request, filed by the Florida Freedom to Read Project, sought "electronic records of district and school decisions regarding classroom and library materials."
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This is directly out of the radical right playbook- enact a law that appears to be unconstitutional, put the law into affect by giving vague directives to those who are to carry out the law, threaten those same people if they don’t carry out the vague and confusing directives, refuse to clarify the law when contacted by investigative groups, once the public catches on and voices their opposition, change the rules quietly and, directly or indirectly, accuse the media of misinformation.
Thank you for following up on this Florida library purge of LBGTQ+ characters...you know, some of our fellow humans who feel marginalized. This fascistic move can be the beginning of the destruction of all of our freedoms, so it's important to stay vigilant when actual laws are being passed. Exposing all of the details is the only way for the larger public to discover and show that they care about our country's freedoms. [By the way, I record Morning Joe and discovered they were talking about this issue yesterday.]
Thank you for your reporting. Keep it up!
I still place primary blame with the people who authored and signed these restrictions into law. But dang if the school district's compliance isn't disappointing in its own right.
Thank you for keeping the heat on Florida.
History will not be kind to these poor examples of humanity.
I’ve spread the word about Popular Information for more than a year, probably much longer. As a qualitative researcher and writer for the public rather than academics, I know that well-written information about sex, race, race history, LGTBQ+, divorce, bullying, etc. all need to be available to elementary students and their teachers and parents because that is when children are open and ready to learn. Piles of research, for example, show us that early sex education that includes birth control, as well as practical information about the dangers of unprotected sex, menstruation, etc. before children are teenagers, that is in many cases no later than grade 4, and lowers teen pregnancy rates, elective abortions, etc. I taught the sex Ed part of my 6th grade level classes back in the 70s and many of my students thought that it was normal to start having sex by the time they were 12. They had no clue as to the repercussions for themselves personally. Whew! Keep fighting the good fight, Judd and his readers!
Well Judd, there’s your problem. You ask for honest answers from people whose only real talent is bafflegab.
I was surprised to see Kite Runner on the list. I've read it and it's a wonderful book. It tells the story of a young Afghan boy who comes of age in war-torn and revolutionary Afghanistan. I would call it heartbreaking. Older students should have access to it to know what life can be like in a war-torn country full of ethnic and religious hatred, something unfortunately some in the US seem to want.
Thank you for keeping us updated on this very important topic. I feel sad for the real people being used as pawns in this destructive culture war.
The neonazi fascists embolden one-another with these acts. In Nebraska, a similar attempt is underway.
To paraphrase Rita Moreno in West Side Story:
“Florida, my hearts devotion,
Let it slip into the ocean”
Excellent work...thank you!!!
We need to prepare sanctuary cities for Floridian teachers and other non-fascist Floridians.
I hope that their feet are burning as you hold them to the fire
So they lied? What a surprise! /s