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21 February, 2023

Can’t handle the truth? Ban books. Bully teachers.

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Republicans can't handle the truth. That's why they ban books.

What happens when education is censored, free speech denied and history whitewashed?

“The memory of fascism is keen in Europe and Europeans know that book burning marked the beginning of fascism in Italy and Germany... It matters little whether the removal literally takes the form of burning or consists of storing the books in basements and warehouses.” - U.S. Holocaust Museum

Connect the dots for yourself to see how Republicans who cannot handle the truth so they ban books and fire teachers to whitewash history with this StoryMap:
> College Board changes course on African American studies - Letters From An American
> Educational censorship - PEN America
> FLORIDA BOOK BANS: Why are there empty shelves in Florida schools? - PEN America
> Florida teacher fired for video of empty bookshelves after DeSantis complaint - Public Info
> Literary Vigilantes -  Holocaust Museum
> What is the 1619 Project that Republicans try to suppress? - NY Times
> You can't handle the truth! - Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men

Book burnings mark the beginning of fascism

Republicans cannot handle the truth so they ban books and fire teachers to whitewash history.
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Republicans trample the right to Free Speech in the First Amendment

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution passed by Congress in 1789. - ALA 

Literary vigilantism

"Literary vigilantism today is directed against forces perceived to be corruptive. Boards of education find themselves under pressure to purge school libraries of “unacceptable” literature, pitting parents’ groups against teachers, and states against individual schools. Public libraries face challenges to “objectionable” books based on political, moral, religious, or ethnic concerns. The works of “secular humanists” and “Satanists” are frequently consumed in the ritual fires set by fundamentalist religious groups.

The specter of suppression and censorship activates free-speech advocates who not infrequently make reference to the Nazi book burnings. Thus is perpetuated the single, incisive image of censorship and intolerance—and the ground trod by all censors, of whatever persuasion: fire charring a page or a book." - Holocaust Museum

DeSantis and Republicans ban books and fire teachers in attempt to whitewash history

When you can't handle the truth

Brian Covey, a Florida teacher fired for video of empty bookshelves after DeSantis complaint. On February 14, a reporter asked DeSantis about images posted on social media of "bookshelves emptied" in Duval County... The next day Covey was fired in a 45-second phone call.

... the empty shelves in Covey’s video once housed “the fiction titles,” but those titles were removed pending review by a media specialist. So Covey's video of empty bookshelves was not a "misrepresentation" or "false narrative" of the reality in Duval County schools. In response to several laws championed by DeSantis, DCPS has made more than 1.5 million books inaccessible to students." - Popular Info

Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings. Heinrich Heine

American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world founded in 1876. It aims “to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.”

Public schools and public libraries, as public institutions, have been the setting for legal battles about student access to books, the removal or retention of “offensive” material, regulation of patron behavior, and limitations on public access to the internet... Directly or indirectly, ordinary individuals are the driving force behind the challenges to the freedom to access information and ideas in the library. - ALA

TakeAway: Stop educational censorship. Call your elected reps to demand they vote against literary vigilantism.

Deepak
DemLabs

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