Wednesday, July 18, 2012

School Bans "Bastard Out of Carolina"


From a piece in the San Jose Daily News...

In what's becoming an annual showdown that's uncommon in the liberal Bay Area, the Fremont Unified School District board overruled Hu and rejected novelist Dorothy Allison's "Bastard Out of Carolina" for the AP English supplemental reading list. While the book detailing horrific childhood abuse will remain in school libraries, it can't be taught in class.

That has Hu and others bringing up charges of censorship by the three-member board majority. 

"I'm challenging them on their biases," said Hu, who twice before submitted Allison's semiautobiographical novel and National Book Award nominee for district approval. Even with the endorsement of a district textbook committee, the board voted it down, as it did in 2009 and 2010.
Last year, the board rejected her nomination of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America," a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about AIDS in the 1980s. 

Board members deny that their decisions are politically motivated. Instead, they say the books are too violent, shocking or disparaging of certain groups. 

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