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Texas School District Bans #BlackLivesMatter Inspired Novel

Author Angie Thomas’ best-seller The Hate U Give is highly acclaimed, parking on the New York Times list for young adult best-sellers comfortably for 38 weeks. Amazon readers give it 5 perfect stars and even School Library Journal calls it “a powerful debut.”

Yet, the Black Lives Matter Inspired piece of art is banned at a school district in Texas.

The Hate U Give  is a fiction novel about sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

Again, why would an entire school district in Texas ban Thomas’ book from its schools? Thomas is bewildered.

According to Book Riot, educators in the school district took issue with the “explicit” language of the book.

Reportedly, Superintendent Lance Hindt banned the book unilaterally without conducting the normal review process, and that he did so in response to complaints from parents about the book’s use of “inappropriate language.”

But, folks are calling foul on that. Usual required reading like “Catcher In The Rye” contains curse words. The book also only references sex twice, and modestly.

 One involves a scene between Starr and her boyfriend – one where Starr decides she isn’t ready. In the other, Starr’s parents leave the room to, as Thomas puts it, do “what married people do.”

There’s definitely something funny about this book in particular being banned in a Texas school district. Superintendent Hindt has yet to comment publicly in response to Thomas. What do YOU think about this book ban?


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