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School board cancels “The Bluest Eye” then reinstates amid litigation

by Ezekiel J. Walker
School board cancels "The Bluest Eye" then reinstates amid litigation
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A swift decision to ban Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” from high school libraries only a month ago has now been reversed by the Wentzville School Board. According to NBC News, the St. Louis school district has reversed its earlier decision amid vociferous criticism and a class-action lawsuit.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Wentzville School Board recently accepted a review committee’s recommendation to retain the book which had been previously banned because of its explicit descriptions of sex, violence, rape, and incest.

“The Bluest Eye” is hardly the worst book in schools. 

Though conservatives en masse have moved to ban books related to the nuances of Blackness, communities have been fighting back in response. The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri earlier this month sued the school district on behalf of two students. If this lawsuit is successful, it may provide a blueprint on how to combat the right’s rampant cancel culture wars against Blackness, diversity and sexuality.

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