Burn the Books! Burn the People!

Well the book burners finally got to it.

While we here in Florida are reviewing math books for “wokeness,” whatever that means (I presume anything about sex or race that might be considered “librul”). Texas has gone one step further.

A school district in the suburbs of Fort Worth, Texas, has demanded that an illustrated version of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and dozens of other titles, be removed from its shelves and digital catalogues.

“Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation,” is a 2019 illustrated retelling of the famous diary from Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman and illustrator David Polonsky. The school district in question is The Keller Independent School District in Keller, Texas, where a district executive named Jennifer Price requested the removal of the book and others in an email.

“By the end of today, I need all books pulled from the library and classrooms.”

Price, who is Keller ISD’s executive Director of curriculum and instruction,

“The action comes after conservative (media still calling them that) activist parents and school board members challenged the content of these books. Objections reportedly included depictions of the LGBTQ community and perceived links to critical race theory. The removal of these texts has sparked backlash from certain community members.”

“It’s disgusting. It’s devastating. It’s legitimate book banning, there’s no way around it,” Laney Hawes, a parent of four children in the Keller district, told the outlet. “I feel bad for the teachers and the librarians.

Parents initially spoke out against the Anne Frank text in February, though the district did not take any action at that time. Hawes is among a group of parents that review book challenges as a committee.

“When we got ‘The Diary of Anne Frank,’ we thought, ‘This is a joke.’ But it wasn’t,” Hawes said. She noted that the specific complaint warned that “the book shouldn’t be read without parent supervision.”

They really should worry about their young Waylon sitting on his room watching  porn on his phone.  Particularly if its gay porn.

Whatever.  So, a parent objects that the book shouldn’t be read without prental supervision.

Like, until what age?   🙂

Hawes believes the initial objections may have been rooted in the book’s references to sexual matters, though she could not confirm this because the parent who challenged the book was not present for the meeting. The committee did not remove the book at the time. But in May, a new majority was won on the school board (backed by a right wing Christian PAC) following elections with the recently installed leadership ordering the removal of the aforementioned titles.

Elections have consequences folks.

Other books that will be removed while they are under the new review process include Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye and Jon Ronson’s “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.

Toni Morrison, a Nobel winner, wrote The Bluest Eye in 1970 to little critical review.  It is today considered an American classic about the life of a black girl in Ohio who equates beauty and acceptance to “whiteness” and yearns to have the “bluest” eyes.

Here, in Florida we also banned Toni Morrison’s “Beloved.”

Might make white folks “feel guilty” I guess.  More like the parent don’t give a rat’s ass about the experiences of anyone else and don’t want their kid to neither.

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is a 2015 book by British journalist Jon Ronson about online shaming and its historical antecedents.   The book explores the re-emergence of public shaming as an Internet phenomenon, particularly on Twitter.

In the introduction, Ronson relates a story of an automated parody Twitter handle BOT, @jon_ronson (Ronson’s twitter username is actually @jonronson). The account posts a smattering of food and party-related tweets, none of which are related to the actual Jon Ronson’s life.  This leads to actual Ronson asking Twitter for its removal, as he believes it to be a spambot. The “creators” of the account call it an “infomorph”, and decline Ronson’s request, but eventually agree to meet in person with the author’

Now I can’t imagine why a book on Twitter shaming would be banned unless of course the offended parents do it all the time.  Maybe the book’s got some “sexual parts.”

Now here if Florida we were in 3rd place across America in the race for banning books. Texas has banned 713 books, far and away the largest number followed by Pennsylvania at 456 and Florida a distant third at 204.  We here continue to review any book to which a parent objects.

In Volusia County, a book about the life of Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks was pulled from elementary school classrooms after a teacher voiced “concerns,” but was returned after the district reviewed the state-approved text.


The response to all this?  Here, in Florida we have a brave soul who demanded the bible be banned from schools.

He proceeded to question whether the Bible is age-appropriate, pointing to its “casual” references to murder, adultery, sexual immorality, and fornication. “Do we really want to teach our youth about drunken orgies?”

He also took issue with the many Biblical references to rape, bestiality, cannibalism and infanticide. “In the end, if Jimmy and Susie are curious about any of the above, they can do what everyone else does – get a room at the Motel Six and grab the Gideons.”

“If you want to teach morality and ethics, do you really want to turn to a book that wants you to dash babies against rocks?

My kind of hero.

What to do about such radical bullshit?  Don’t put up with it if you don’t agree.  Speak out.

Research those unknown names on your ballot for “school board” before you vote for someone who turns out to be a bat-shit crazed Nazi.

Vote for school board members you want!!  I know it is something we paid no attention to in the past, but we need to now.

How do we end this radicalism here in Florida?

We have two candidates in the Democratic primary next week running for Governor.  One is a former Republican Governor now running as a Democrat. The other is a young woman elected as the only state-wide Democrat holding office in the state.

She was asked the question.  Her reply:

When you want to kill a snake, you cut off its head.

My kind of girl.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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16 Responses to Burn the Books! Burn the People!

  1. Scary. Abhorrent. Disgusting. This makes me very sad.

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  2. beetleypete says:

    At the very least, the parent who complained about Anne Frank’s diary should have had to attend the meeting to state their concerns. I get the feeling that this is just the tip of a very large iceberg that eventually leads to both Fahrenheit 451 and The Handmaid’s Tale becoming true life in ‘modern’ America.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. GP says:

    I won’t comment on the crazy governor race, but I will say, any book ban disgusts me. Talk about a ‘slippery slope’ people!

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  4. Maggie says:

    Frank, Florida and the DeSantis train are truly running wild. The train has clearly jumped the tracks and will mow down anyone who stands in the way. I will never understand the fear of reading about other’s experiences. Simply reading a book never convinced me to radically change my lifestyle. Children’s book author Judy Blume was advised by her publisher to edit out certain passages in one of her books. When she talked to her son about it he told her, “Mom, if Judy Blume cannot write about such things, then who will? She agreed and stood her ground, but the book continues to be challenged by the crazies.

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  5. Don Ostertag says:

    Burn, baby, burn. Here in the Twin Cities, we might burn down a police station but never a book.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. johncoyote says:

    I tell everyone. Each day, we are losing our freedom and one day. They will be gone and it will be too late. If we ban books, what is next?

    Liked by 1 person

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