“I’m gutted,” wrote the American poet in response to the ban. A FLORIDA SCHOOL HAS BANNED elementary students from reading “The Hill We Climb,” the poem written and recited by Amanda Gorman at Joe Biden’s inauguration as president. The powerful poem, which was been internationally praised, was one of several works banned at the Miami-Dade County school library after a parent complained they referenced critical race theory, gender ideology, “indirect hate messages,” according to the Miami Herald. On Tuesday, Gorman addressed the ban, in a statement posted to social media. “I’m gutted. Because of one parent’s complaint, my inaugural poem, ‘The Hill We Climb,’ has been banned from an elementary school in Miami-Dade County, Florida,” she wrote. “And let’s be clear: most of the forbidden works are by authors who have struggled for generations to get on bookshelves,” she continued. “The majority of these censored works are by queer and non-white voices. I wrote ‘The Hill We Climb’ so that all young people could see themselves in a historical moment. Ever since. I’ve received countless letters and videos from children inspired by ‘The Hill We Climb’ to write their own poems.”

via rolling stone: Florida School Bans Amanda Gorman’s Inaugural ‘The Hill We Climb’ Poem

siehe auch: Florida mom behind Amanda Gorman’s book ban linked to Proud Boys: report. The Florida parent behind the ban of Amanda Gorman’s poetry book ban has ties to the Proud Boys and the ultraconservative Moms For Liberty, The Daily Beast reports. The Bob Graham Education Center restricted access to “The Hill We Climb,” a book adaptation of the poem Gorman recited at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, after Daily Salinas complained that it was inappropriate for children. Salinas inaccurately stated the author was Oprah Winfrey (the book includes a forword by Winfrey). The Miami Lakes (Miami-Dade County) school also pulled two other books (“The ABCs of Black History” and “Love to Langston”) from its elementary school shelves after Salinas complained about them, as well. Salinas, who has two children at the school, is the only parent who complained about the books, according to the report. Salinas cited critical race theory, gender ideology, and indoctrination as the reasons she believed the books to be inappropriate. “Is not educational and have indirectly hate messages,” she wrote in her complaint about “The Hill We Climb.” Salinas in July 2022 was removed from a Miami-Dade school board meeting the Moms For Liberty disrupted in a protest over two sex education textbooks the board had approved. The board subsequently caved, voting 5-4 to remove the books after parents petitioned for their removal, the report said. The decision left the district without sex education instructional material. Salinas is described as a staunch supporter of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, working as a volunteer on his August 2022 “Education Agenda Tour.”

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