President Joe Biden named checked “MAGA extremists” and attempts to ban books in his video on Tuesday announcing he was officially running for office again. Here’s why it’s the topic that just won’t stop.
What is it? Put frankly, it's a rising trend of parents and politicians pushing for censorship on material available to students in public schools and public libraries.
What's the big deal? It appears that public libraries are another battleground for the United State's ever-present culture wars.
Want to hear more on book bans? Listen to Consider This on how some communities are fighting back.
What are people saying?
In his re-election video released on Tuesday, Joe Biden cited book as part of the "bedrock freedoms" under threat by "MAGA extremists":
Here's what he said at a White House event honoring educators earlier this week:
I never thought I'd be a president who is fighting against elected officials trying to ban, and banning, books.
Lessa Kananiʻopua Pelayo-Lozada, president of the American Library Association, on how the campaign for books being banned has ramped up in past years:
Now we're seeing organized attempts by groups to censor multiple titles throughout the country without actually having read many of these books.
Elle Mehltretter, a 16-year-old who spoke with NPR's Tovia Smith about circumventing book bans online in her home state of Florida:
You can say you ban books all you want, but you can never really ban them because they're everywhere.
So, what now?
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