Conservative websites fuel book bans in Texas and across the country
Book bans are not a new phenomenon in the United States, but recent efforts to remove books from schools in Texas and across the country have made an aggressive comeback in the past year. The American Library Association said it received an “unprecedented” 330 reports of book challenges in the fall, a slight increase from similar times in recent years.
The current movement has been largely driven by conservative parents, activists and politicians campaigning against critical race theory, an academic concept used to explore the role of race in society. To date, more than half of reading challenges are initiated by parents, compared to 1% of students, reports the ALA.