When those in power seek to maintain the status quo, they target access to information.
I read with dismay and anger about Republican leaders seeking to ban books that discuss diversity, specifically 2SLGBTQ+ people, and to ban school curricula that discuss critical race theory.
Reading is one of T and our favourite activities.
In addition to being enjoyable, it helps him build his knowledge and literacy and to open his mind to the world.
Todd Parr’s “Family Book” was one of the earliest picture books we read with T that talks about families in all their forms.
“And Tango Makes Three” is another book in T’s collection that tells the real life story of two male penguins that raised a baby.
“And Tango…” was once banned for its “homosexual overtones” and was the most challenged book in US schools and libraries in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Conservative politicians are targeting and banning books that talk about gay, lesbian and trans people under the guise of protecting children from inappropriate sexual content and from being groomed for inappropriate lifestyles.
I encourage anyone to read these books and give a rational and common sense reason as to how they are inappropriate.
It must be these deviant penguins! 🙄
As someone who grew up with stories, movies and media imagery about heteronormative life, I turned out very gay. How odd is that?!
I think most politicians know these books are harmless but they use their message to grow and embolden their base.
For decades, LGBTQ people have been labeled as mentally ill, predators, sinners – and in 2022, homophobia and transphobia are packaged as “concern for children.”
Do you know what hurts and even kills children?
It’s not books nor drag queens reading to kids.
Guns kill kids. Yet no Republican is risking their re-election by lobbying for gun control.
In what mad world is a rainbow more dangerous than a gun?
It’s also interesting to watch conservatives get flustered about critical race theory.
Jerry Craft’s graphic novel, “New Kid”, is a recent example of an award-winning book targeted and banned for exploring issues around race.
It tells the story of a 12-year-old boy, who experiences culture shock when he enrolls at an affluent private school.
Access to knowledge and critical thinking are dangerous to those that do not want the status quo to change – a status quo that benefits their narrow-minded exclusionary beliefs.
When information can’t be controlled, there is an effort to discredit it as “fake news.”
There is an effort to create an “other” to unite followers against, because it’s easier to create a distraction than to do actual good.
Fundamentalists can champion their efforts under the guise of protecting children from imaginary predators, they can deny or try to rewrite a history of racism – but hate is hate.
Love always finds a way in the end.
We can and we must do better.
In our home, that means sharing books and messages that affirm and uplift others and to help spread positive messages.
It means being open to learning and re-learning.
The parent of one of T’s peers at daycare recently shared with the hubby and I that they are a trans man.
It was a good re-learning moment for me as I had wrongly assumed their gender.
We excitedly chatted on the park bench about summer plans, as our kids played together in the playground.