On Monday in the city of York, Pennsylvania, the Central York School Board voted to keep a list of banned books dealing with race on its resource list or materials for students, despite protests from students and members of the community.
Jane Johnson, president of the school board, said in a Sept. 10 release the materials were banned because of concerns from parents, the retirement of longstanding Superintendent Michael Snell and the shelving of a social studies program which focused on Black Lives Matter and other racial justice material.
Johnson said the content was banned because of the material and not because the authors are almost all from Black or Latinx heritage.
One of the books on the list is I Am Rosa Parks, written by Brad Meltzer, who has also authored historical books for children about Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Martin Luther King, Jr., among others. He said Sunday on CNN that he cannot understand why the school board objects to a book about civil rights icon Rosa Parks:
Meltzer added that teachers are now telling him they’re afraid to even mention race in their classrooms:
What makes no sense at all, Meltzer concluded, is that the people making the decisions about what to teach to black children are all white:
Banning Rosa Parks. There should be a law against THAT, not against teaching the history of this country.