WASHINGTON D.C. – (04-07-22) – A new PEN America report found that Republican states governed by conservatives, have banned 1,145 books on the subjects of race and LGBTQ history. If you thought that was bad enough, Republican legislatures in 26 states are pushing this dark age practice in 86 school districts.

The first-of-its kind report issued by PEN America, analyzes all 1,586 book bans or restrictions to capture the extent of the censorship taking place in schools by Conservative Republican run states!

One of the biggest takeaways of the analysis is that the books that cover race, gender, sex, and LGBTQ identities are being censored or removed from classrooms and school libraries.

“This is an orchestrated attack on books whose subjects only recently gained a foothold on school library shelves and in classrooms,” said Jonathan Friedman, director of PEN America’s Free Expression and Education program and lead author of the report. “We are witnessing the erasure of topics that only recently represented progress toward inclusion.” said Friedman.

Out of the 26 states practicing their 216 BC dark age practices, Texas came in first with 713 book bans, followed by Pennsylvania with 456 bans, Florida with 204, Oklahoma with 43, Kansas with 30 and Tennessee with 16, according to the PEN America report.

According to the PEN America study, the book bans have targeted 1,145 individual books by 874 different authors and impact a combined 2 million students in 2,899 schools.

The study also showed that the breakdown by percentage:

22 percent of books banned addressed issues of race or racism and 33 percent address LGBTQ themes. While the majority of the books banned or restricted are works of fiction, a whopping 16 percent of the books being restricted are history books or biographies that include Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Sonia Sotomayor, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Malala Yousafzai.

Starting to see a pattern here?

What will conservatives think of next to take us back to the dark ages?

This is the party who honestly believes that the majority of common sense Americans wants them back in charge of Washington D.C., unreal!

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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