A school board member in Virginia Beach, Va., Is trying to get rid of books written by several popular African-American authors, including Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, claiming they are “pornographic,” reports The Daily Beast.
Victoria Manning, a major member of Virginia Beach City Public Schools, led the demand to remove four books from circulation or use in the district curriculum “because of their pornographic nature.” These are Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison; Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe; A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines and The Bluest Eye by Morrison.
Manning admitted in her letter to the board that she had not read these titles, only skimmed them, she made it clear that she wanted the books out and further demanded that staff involved in approving the books be disciplined.
“A Lesson Before Dying,” which deals with racism and racial identity in 1940s Louisiana, had been approved for 11th graders. It was banned because of a scene in which a “couple undresses.”
Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent Aaron Spence said Manning had also separately requested a review of Beyond Magenta and Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook, reports The Daily Beast.
According to the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, she condemned a decision to collaborate with a nonprofit educational organization because it “advocates (The New York Times’)” 1619 Project “and other left-wing ideologies.”
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Manning also spoke out against a group of middle school teachers conducting a book study with students using “The Racial Healing Handbook” by Anneliese A. Singh, calling it “shocking and disgusting.”
She claims to be a kind of whistleblower in classroom conversations about race. According to The Daily Beast, she runs a “vigilance check” page that links to her personal website, where she blasts the teaching of Critical Race Theory.
In an appearance on “FOX and Friends,” she objected that “Our students and our teachers are taught that our country is innately racist, and students and teachers are pitted against each other based on their skin color.”