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Texas officials scrutinize 850 books over racism and sexism aimed at white

20:20, 08 November 2021
Texas officials scrutinize 850 books over racism and sexism aimed at white

The state’s conservatives believe that those publications improperly inflict feelings of guilt on white and non-LGBTQ+ kids.

Texas’s legislative committee examines 850 books into potential infliction of guilt imposed on white and non-LGBTQ school students.

The committee’s leader Matt Krause has ordered the state’s school districts to send a list presenting information on how many copies of those books schools have, how much money they spent on them and where they are stored.

Krause has also asked to provide information about any other books whose contents include sexually explicit images, graphic presentations of sexual behavior, or touched topics such as sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, AIDS.

“That might make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex or convey that a student, by virtue of their race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.”

The Head refused to provide comments on the situation so far.

Following the campaign, a school district near Houston has confiscated all the copies of "New Kid" by Jerry Craft, a comic book that tells how African-American children face micro-aggressions because of their race.

Similar debates take place in other states of the US, mostly in the southern ones. They are expected to aggravate since tensions rise between the states’ Republicans in office and local politicians who are considered to be more democratic.

In Virginia, the recently elected GOP governor Glenn Youngkin has profited from the rhetoric and managed to draw the support of voters due to his promise stressing that parents will be able to affect the choice of school literature.

The Texas State Teachers Association has already dubbed the scrutiny a “witch hunt” and criticized the state’s crackdown. The association was supported by the Texas Library Association which raised an alert concerning the intensifying censorship activity in the state.

"A parent has the right to determine what is best for their child but not what is best for every child," the organization said in a statement.