Across the country, debates about censorship, critical race theory, and book bans are seeing a woeful revival. Virginia Governor Glen Youngkin leveraged banning CRT as a campaign promise to win his election last November. Now the debates have reached a new height in Texas.
In one small Texas town, angry parents swarmed school board meetings. They demanded the banning of books centered around diverse LGBTQ+ or BIPOC characters or issues like sexual assault. Parents threatened administrators, brought dildos to execute their point, and referred to the district as a “sex cult.” The books in question are not required material but for the Leander School District’s various book clubs.
130 books were targeted by reactionary parents. 11 were banned. Frustrated students started their own club: Leander’s Banned Book’s Club.