Readers with long memories may recall a post back in 2012 where I discussed the intellectual limitations of Wasilla, and Alaska’s school boards. Here in Sarah Palin’s home town they had decided that a piece of local Indian art placed in the school grounds too strongly resembled a vagina and thus needed covered least children discover what a vagina looks like or think about S – E – X. Or Evolution, or other cultures apart from White Republicans. Its here. https://theoligarchkings.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/disgusting-vagina-erected-in-sarah-palins-home-school/
Well, in a move which will only confirm foreign countries beliefs that America is an anti-intellectual culture free island of demented puritanical retards, the local School Board at Matanuska which covers Wasilla decided to celebrate School Library Month by banning five books because they contain references to S – E — X and we wouldn’t want the girls and boys to read about that would we? Any more than they worried about art that may, or may not, look like a vagina. It also helped that several of the voting puritans had not read the works themselves thereby ensuring they were not sullied by the contamination of thinking for themselves.
And what are these vile depositories of evil?
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Things They Carried by Tom O’Brien
I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou
Oh, and the teachers are no longer allowed to read the New York Times- Quite right- ban that bastion of filth and depravity!
Sure the works can be a test, I personally find Scott Fitzgerald hard going, and had difficulty with Maya Angelou as she is very forthright about her experience and makes one confront elements of life I might not like, and Heller was always too clever – clever for me. But I read them and am better informed if no wiser! And the reading of them allows me to join in any discussions ongoing through life.
This bunch of muppets seek to curtail critical thought, and limit discussion of social issues depriving their students of the intellectual tools to confront a world which is not always very nice.
Still I suppose we shall just beat on…(a reference which members of Matsu school board won’t catch!).
Copyright David Macadam 2020