NewsBook Ban Battle Just Got Real As California Governor Fights Back

Book Ban Battle Just Got Real As California Governor Fights Back

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 01: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a press conference on February 01, 2023 in Sacramento, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, state Attorney General Rob Bonta, state Senator Anthony Portantino (D-Burbank) and other state leaders announced SB2 – a new gun safety legislation that would establish stricter standards for Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permits to carry a firearm in public. The bill designates “sensitive areas,” like bars, amusement parks and child daycare centers where guns would not be allowed. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into effect on Sept. 25 that fines schools that ban books because of discussions about race or gender identity.

In a video posted to X, formerly Twitter, Newsom stood alongside state school Superintendent Tony Thurmond, saying, “Remarkable that we’re living in a country right now in this banning binge, this cultural purge that we’re experiencing all throughout America and now increasingly here in the state of California where we have school districts banning books, banning free speech, criminalizing librarians and teachers. We want to do more than just push back rhetorically against that, and that’s what this legislation provides.”

California is banning book bans and textbook censorship in our schools.

“We are not saying that every book should be in every single library,” said Giannoulias. “What this law does is it says, let’s trust our experience and education of our librarians to decide what books should be in circulation.” To be eligible to receive funds, Illinois public libraries must adopt the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights or a similar pledge. The promise says that “materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.”

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Source: Black Enterprise

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