Mom outraged at 'Redneck Night Before Christmas' book at NC school library
A mom is outraged that her daughter was able to check out a book titled Redneck Night Before Christmas from her Rowan County elementary schools library.
this is the book. The Joy martin's eight year old daughter came home from the school library with what she thought was a fun christmas book to read with her family. This is the very first page and it broke my heart. The title problematic enough. But then she flipped to the first page which shows a santa figure carrying a big bag with a confederate flag across it. Why would this book be at the school? How did it go through so many hands and how is it at my home now? But then she continued to flip through the pages. Here's a gun but not only that, but the school had to see this because they put a post it note to cover it up. Here's another one that they cover it up as well. LaToya says the post it notes covering the confederate flags in other illustrations, tells her someone knew it would be offensive and left it on the shelves. Anyway. How many homes has this book been in? And nobody, nobody has reached out to the school. How did it get into my hands? In an email, the school's principal told LaToya, she was shocked. It was in the library as well. The school told channel line, it received the donated book at the beginning of the school year from a school that had closed and that they should have done a better job reviewing what was donated and we'll do a better job screening the books on their shelves. LaToya says it forced her to have a conversation with her eight year old who until now had no idea what the confederate flag is or the meaning behind it. She's the only african american in her class. It makes me emotional because as a parent, I want to protect my child and as a parent, I want my child to be a kid, like I don't want them to have to worry about all this hatred that's out here in the world.