A Texas parent has called for a book about Michelle Obama to be removed from schools, NBC News reported.
The parent said it unfairly portrayed Trump as a bully and that white girls would be “shamed”.
Some conservatives say books describing race, sexuality and gender should be kept out of schools.
A Texas parent has called for a children’s biography about former first lady Michelle Obama to be removed from school libraries because they consider it unfair to former President Donald Trump.
The Katy, Texas parent took issue with a book titled ‘Michelle Obama: Political Icon’ by Heather E. Schwartz, saying it ‘unfairly’ portrayed ‘Trump’ as a tyrant, according to NBC News, which published a report on Wednesday. list of 50 books parents in Texas have asked schools to take down.
The request came as books depicting race, sexuality and gender have come under intense scrutiny from conservatives in the United States, with many demanding certain titles be removed from school libraries.
Katy’s parent, who was not named in NBC’s report, said the Obama book made it sound like “if you talk like a white girl, you should be ashamed of yourself.” reported NBC News.
In a statement to Insider, Schwartz said she was “shocked” that someone wanted to ban her book because it’s “a non-fiction book that doesn’t strike me as controversial at all.”
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Maria Corrales DiPetta, spokesperson for the Katy Independent School District, told Insider that the district reviewed the book after the complaint and determined it would not be removed. Any disputed book is reviewed by the district, even if only one parent files a complaint, she said.
“We could have received hundreds of requests, and it would have gone through the same process,” she added.
In December, the district began removing books from shelves after parents complained about their vulgarity, the Houston Chronicle reported.
“The Board and I respect this policy and strongly believe that there is no place for books containing vulgar content in Katy ISD libraries,” Superintendent Ken Gregorski said at the time.
“We expect the books in our collections to be age-appropriate for the students and families we serve,” Gregorski added.
Similar efforts have gained traction with state legislators and other community leaders in the United States. Last year, an Oklahoma state legislator proposed a bill that would have banned books depicting sexual activity or including discussions of sexuality and gender identity from school libraries, reports the New York Times.
In October, a Wyoming prosecutor denied a request to sue the workers of a conservative city library for stockpiling several books on sex education and others with LGBTQ+ themes, The Associated reported. Press.
“As an author, reader and parent, I am against banning books on principle,” said Schwartz, the author of Obama’s biography. “There could be no safer way for children to learn about difficult topics, gain new perspectives, and explore the world and their place in it than by reading words on a page. “
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