Daily Bread for 11.8.21: The War on Books

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Monday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 66.  Sunrise is 6:39 AM and sunset 4:37 PM for 9h 58m 31s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 18.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

 Whitewater’s Planning Commission meets at 6 PM.

 On this day in 1895, while experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray.

 Molly Hennessy-Fiske reports A ‘war on books’: Conservatives push for audits of school libraries:

In the Dallas suburb of Southlake, the school board voted to reprimand a fourth-grade teacher earlier this year for keeping an anti-racism book in her classroom after parents complained. Last month, leaked audio of an administrator in the district instructing teachers to present “opposing” views of books about the Holocaust sparked national outrage. In another Dallas suburb, a group of conservative activists, Respect Midlothian 1888, decried teachings they said support critical race theory and called for the district diversity officer’s removal.

In the Fort Worth suburb of Keller, school officials removed “Gender Queer: A Memoir” from a high school library “pending investigation” after parents complained it contained graphic images.

In the Houston suburbs, school officials at Spring Branch district removed “The Breakaways,” by Cathy Johnson, a graphic novel featuring a transgender character, after parents in the Spring Branch district petitioned and complained it was sexually explicit and contained “political propaganda.”

On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott — running for reelection against two conservative primary challengers — sent a letter to the Texas Assn. of School Boards and several state agencies demanding they investigate “pornographic” books that parents had complained about at public schools, despite the agencies’ lack of authority.

Hennessy-Fisk further reports that

Liberal parents have also pushed to remove books from schools in recent years: Burbank schools last year removed the classics “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Of Mice and Men” after parents complained their depictions of race and racism were harmful to students (they were among the top banned books nationwide last year).

There is, of course, nothing liberal (in the broad, proper sense of preserving individual rights) of book banning from left or right.

Before these loud campaigns against books, however, there are likely to be local officials who, themselves, covertly restrict speech and books to placate activists in the hope of avoiding greater controversies.

In this way, there are two wars against books: the hot war one notices, and a cold war waged out of public notice.

Both are wrong; one is harder to spot.

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