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When did book banning get all political?


When they open up the David S. Broder Both Sides Do It Hall of Fame, this will get in by acclimation on the first ballot:

Elected officials are also turning book banning into another wedge issue in the culture wars. Last fall, a Republican representative in Texas put together a list of 850 books that he argued were inappropriate material in schools and included books about sexuality, racism and American history. In Virginia, Gov. Glenn Youngkin campaigned on the issue by arguing that parents, not schools, should control what their children read. Democrats have also seized on the issue through congressional hearings about rising book bans.

And, sometimes, the disputes have spilled into something more menacing. The Proud Boys, the far-right group with a history of street fighting, showed up at a drag-queen-hosted story hour for families in a library in San Lorenzo, Calif.

“Both sides have made the issue political. Republicans have banned books and sent angry mobs at voluntary readings by drag queens, and Democrats have acknowledged the existence of these things.” Alas, until Andrew Yang is able to take the politics out of politics I fear that this will continue.


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