The Bluest Eye by Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison was pulled from circulation last year in Virginia Beach because some parents claimed that it is “sexually explicit.” It was returned to the shelves later after being reviewed by several committees, which noted the lasting impact the book could have on students.
What valuable lesson might have been missed if this book was banned? Removing a book simply because of a paragraph or sentence, without considering the total value of a story, deprives students of an opportunity to see different perspectives and think for themselves. Virginia students deserve a public education that empowers them to think independently and embrace diverse viewpoints.
Act now to protect students’ right to learn: https://acluva.org/keep-classrooms-free-open-space-learning