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Texas Parents Organize Against State School Book Bans – BOTWC

They fight against racist laws!

A group of Texas parents organize against the state’s school book ban, black business reports.

The Round Rock Black Parents Association is a group of more than 400 Texas parents dedicated to organizing around issues affecting black children. Recently, the mothers of the association have started to fight against book bans in their children’s schools.

A new state bill in Texas attempts to remove the requirement to teach “the history of white supremacy, including but not limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement and the Ku Klux Klan, and how morally evil it is,” The Texas Grandstand reports.

The law is an extension of the national debate centered on how US history is taught in schools and books that discuss the history of racism and white supremacy in the United States. Now Texas is trying to crush those efforts by instituting laws that ban certain books from schools, a throwback to the era of slavery.

One of these books is Stamped: racism, anti-racism and you, written by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. The Round Rock Association is fighting to keep the book part of the school curriculum. The novel has been remixed especially for young children from Kendi’s original title Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Reynolds, the 2020/2021 National Ambassador for Children’s Literature.

“Removing this book would have completely whitewashed the story, and that’s not our purpose,” Round Rock Association member Ashley Walker told reporters.

So far, thousands of community members and educators have signed a petition to keep the book in schools, with many parents going out and buying the book for their children in case the district board doesn’t. would not honor their request.

“In case the book was banned, we still had people supporting this book and showing that we really wanted to learn the whole story,” Walker said.

The Association has also created ACT, anti-racists uniteto further discuss the importance of diverse literature at local school board meetings.

To learn more about the Round Rock Black Parents Association, visit their website.

Photo courtesy of Charles Glenn Photography/Round Rock Black Parents Association