Texas Schools Eliminate Children’s Books Tagged “Critical Race Theory”
October 6 (Reuters) – A Texas school district removed two Jerry Craft books from its libraries and postponed his virtual appearance in front of students after parents complained that his graphic novels teach critical race theory, May -be in violation of a new state law.
The Katy Independent School District near Houston fueled the latest controversy over critical race theory, a once obscure university concept. White conservatives have rallied to ban it in schools, arguing it exaggerates America’s racist history.
The theory, which examines how American institutions might be inherently racist, is taught primarily in law school.
Local television station KPRC first reported the book’s ban. Craft said on Wednesday that the petition to ban his books also resulted in his appearance before the students being postponed.
A Texas law that came into effect on September 1 restricts discussions of race and history in schools. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said the law was a “strong movement to abolish critical race theory.”
Craft’s “New Kid” and its “Class Act” sequel tells the stories of minority students who enroll in a predominantly white private school. Her work has won the Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author’s Award and the Kirkus Award, according to her website.
Schools in Katy, which the district website says serve nearly 89,000 students, have “temporarily” removed books from libraries, KPRC said, citing a district spokesperson. NBC, citing a district representative, said Craft’s appearance scheduled for Monday has been postponed.
Reuters could not reach officials at Katy’s school on Wednesday evening.
Bonnie Anderson, one of the parents who opposed the books, told KPRC: “This is inappropriate educational material.
“The books don’t come out and say, ‘We want white kids to feel like oppressors,’ but that’s absolutely what they will do,” Anderson said.
Craft, who is African-American, said his books aimed to “show children of color like ordinary children.”
“I hardly ever saw children like me in any of the books assigned to me at school. Books for children like me seemed to only deal with history or misery,” he said. Craft said, adding that he was also trying to include “strong value” messages. , loving families, very supportive friends and a lot of humor. “
Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Leslie Adler
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