Just as they seek to destroy statues and other works of art they could never hope to accomplish, the left also seeks to stamp out literature that does the same thing.
It has been going on for decades, but now a group of teachers is working to “deny children access to literature,” The Wall Street Journal reports, under the guise of eliminating racism, sexism, and “hate” from school curriculums.
A project called “#DisruptTexts,” largely the work of critical race theory promoters on Twitter, now has access to influential publications like School Library Journal that affect choices made by school districts nationwide.
“Their ethos holds that children shouldn’t have to read stories written in anything other than the present-day vernacular—especially those ‘in which racism, sexism, ableism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of hate are the norm,’” a “young adult novelist” involved in the project wrote in that journal.
“Absolving Shakespeare of responsibility by mentioning that he lived at a time when hate-ridden sentiments prevailed, risks sending a subliminal message that academic excellence outweighs hateful rhetoric,” she went on, trying to justify erasing history and art in one swipe.
On the list of targets are Homer’s Odyssey, F. Scott Fitzgerald and even Dr. Seuss. One teacher told the WSJ that he would not teach Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter because he chose to be in the “fight against misogyny and slut-shaming.”
“The Scarlet Letter,” of course, is eloquently against those themes as well, but a leftist teacher cannot be expected to grasp that subtlety.