Book Banning Hot Topic at Iredell-Statesville Schools Reunion | Local News

“Representation is important for the mental health of children in these populations,” Popolizio said. “District students have the right to access library resources to help them understand their individual experiences. They have the right to read literature with characters who act and feel like them.

“When it comes to parents wanting to ban books called ‘Am I Racist’ and ‘White Fragility,’ none of us have to stretch our imaginations to understand their motivation.”

Brin Wilson kept the momentum going by noting that because the school system did not desegregate until 1963, the first group of students to go through an integrated I-SS would today only be around 64 years old.

“The segregation and legal oppression of black people in this district is more than history, it is the lived experience of the grandparents of students today,” Wilson said.

Todd Scott, president of the Statesville NAACP also spoke, saying the debate was political. He said a small number of adults try to dictate what 20,000 students learn.

“Across the country, book bans have increased dramatically over the past year, spurred by people using American children as pawns to win elections by igniting a culture war aimed at keeping children out of ‘to learn about race, sexual orientation, gender identity and different cultures, or even just an unbiased history of our own country,” Scott said. “That’s racist in and of itself. It’s not about the children, it’s about the parents. »

Jessica C. Bell