The conservative groups & dark money behind the movement to ban books
On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the conservative movement to ban books. Over 2,500 books have been banned in the past year, primarily those with content that explore LGBT themes, sexuality, or issues of racism, according to PEN America.
Conservative groups such as Moms for Liberty, Parents Defending Education, and No Left Turn in Education are the primary organizers of this movement, and have ties to wealthy Republican donors like the Koch Brothers, according to a report from True North Research.
Laurie Halse Anderson's young adult novel Speak was one of the first to explore the aftermath and emotional repercussions of sexual assault for a teenager. It has appeared on the American Library Associations Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books since its publication in 1999.
We'll speak with the author about the importance of teaching these subjects to the next generation of readers, and what it will take to push back against the conservative movement censoring these issues in the classroom.