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US students suing St. Louis school say books are banned as part of effort to ‘suppress’ ideas about race and sexuality

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of two young students against the Wentzville School Board in St. Louis, Missouri, claiming they violated civil rights by banning a handful of books from the school libraries.

The students in question have not been identified as they are minors, but they have been referred to as CK-W and DL

According to the class action lawsuit, the recent vote to ban certain books is part of a “Targeted campaign by the St. Charles County Parents Association and the Missouri Chapter of No Left Turn in Education to remove particular ideas and views about race and sexuality from school libraries.”

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Among the banned books are ‘The Bluest Eye’, a book that deals directly with racism from a black character’s perspective, by Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison, as well as ‘Modern Romance’, a book written by comedian Aziz Ansari.

‘The Bluest Eye’ was removed last month after the school board voted in favor of a challenge to the novel’s inclusion of sexual and violent content. Other books have also been banned while they are under review by the school board.

Tony Rothert, the advocacy director for the ACLU of Missouri, says the school district’s actions are inconsistent with “just any old burning book” or “School districts disagree with book ideology.”

“Here, Wentzville has targeted and removed books that are from the perspective and point of view of racial or sexual minorities,” he said, according to the Associated Press.

The activist added that deleting books while they are under review makes it too easy for anyone challenging published material to achieve their desired goal of banning a book, at least temporarily.

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