Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wingnuts censor wrong book

The modern-day book burners who compose the Texas Board of Education are made of fail.

Their cheap elitism is so enveloping that they don't even know what books to censor.

In an effort to bar what they call "Marxist propaganda" from Texas schools, they recently banned the children's book 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?' by the late Bill Martin. Right-wing board member Pat Hardy said it was because of other books by Martin - namely, a big people book that contained "very strong critiques of capitalism and the American system."

It turns out though that this Bill Martin never wrote the "Marxist" book in question. The book Hardy was referring to was 'Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative Of Liberation' - by a different guy named Bill Martin.

When someone pointed this out to Pat Hardy, she said she was relying on information sent to her by fellow right-wing board of education member Terri Leo - who admitted never even reading the "Marxist" book. Still, Hardy said that writing such a book is "a good enough reason for me to get rid of someone."

As a result of this witch hunt, both authors named Bill Martin are now banned in Texas schools.

How stupid!

In their haste to protect their sheltered, privileged world from ideas that seemed to threaten them, the Texas Board of Education banned a book by an author who had nothing to do with these ideas!

Censorship is about protecting elites. If the Texas Board of Education is so quick to censor a writer because he has the same name as a more controversial author, their elitism must be so strong they can't even see the forest from the trees.


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