Education advocates rally after Lt. Governor calls for banning certain books
Education advocates and activists delivered a box of frequently-challenged books to republican leaders who they believe are stirring up book banning controversy to gain votes.Posted — Updated
The political battle over book banning in North Carolina is getting hotter as election time grows closer.
On Monday, educators, activists and critics of book banning gathered for a rally outside Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson's mansion with a message: School libraries shouldn't be political targets.
Education advocates and activists delivered a box of frequently-challenged books to Robinson and other Republican leaders.
He’s also accused teachers of indoctrinating students on racial equity, including last week at CPAC.
"Pornography is in our libraries. We’re in classrooms teaching children about adult issues like transgenderism. And we're setting Black children on one side of the room and white children on the other side and teaching them to despise each other," said Robinson.
Education advocates, however, say that's not true. Instead, they believe the book banning issue is part of a coordinated effort to stir up Republican voters.
She says conservative activists are showing up at school boards around the country, protesting the same books and sometimes using the same script. She said most of the challenged books are about Black, brown or LGBTQIA+ people.
"Any parent who does not want their kid to read a certain book can opt out their kid. They don’t need to take that opportunity away from everybody else’s kid," she said.
WRAL News asked the lieutenant governor for his reaction, but he has not responded.
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