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Cross-posted from Free Exchange on Campus.

A federal judge ruled this week that the Miami-Dade school district has to put the books back on the library shelves.  You'll recall that last month the school board had voted to ban a series of books geared at kids because they had the audacity to depict Cuban children smiling.  While the school board's decision is shocking--it was made after several attorneys and common sense warned them they wouldn't be able to defend the decision in court--the Judge's is not.

The book depicts no violence, cussing, sexually suggestive anything, etc.  The books were banned solely because they did not depict Cuba in an unpleasant enough manner.  Remarkably, and apparently shockingly to some of the school board members, the Judge didn't think this was adequate justification for removing books from library shelves.  Honestly, if this is all it takes to ban a book, I've got a pretty long list of books we should remove from the shelves in elementary schools.  Let's see...I was pretty offended by the idea that vegetables were good for me, Germany was not always depicted as the land of Nazi's, Southeast Asia wasn't even covered...

Um, wait.  Again, I ask, are these seriously the things we're focusing on in education?  Kids smiling in a book barely anyone reads, athletes posting on myspace, flags in college classrooms, an opinion on one issue from a lecturer teaching one class in a school of over 40,000 students?  Seriously?  

Originally posted to Free Exchange on Campus on Wed Jul 26, 2006 at 01:39 PM PDT.

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  •  The Dark Ages beckon (5+ / 0-)

    Burn all your fears in the community square
    and they will fly forever into the air
    carried by the ignorance so commonly shared.

    although without a doubt
    they're not purely anything
    but full of fear and loathing
    for themselves

    Some call them human
    somedays like this I wonder

    Illumination is cheap around here.

    by walkshills on Wed Jul 26, 2006 at 01:50:23 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for the post (2+ / 0-)
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      lotlizard, PhantomFly

      The simple library was once my salvation and certainly an eduction and window to a better world. I do not respect whatsoever those would close that window so that others may live in their world of self-empowered blindness.

      Cubans weren't the problem, nor communists. The mafia essentially called the shots in Cuba from Prohibition onward, to a point that Batista's cabinet member in charge of gambling was Santos Trafficante. And throwing in with those hoods were many members of the US corporation and big business, complicit on the face of it if not more compromised.

      Those were the people hurt by Castro and, as far as I can see to this day, still probe at that wound. They had the most to lose and they want it back. Books are only a small part of their black-hearted agenda. Prohibition made a monster and the current War on Drugs has made more. Our monsters, now trying to consume us in the same way the mafiosos wanted Cuba for their perfect client state with no interfering laws, no taxes and complete government protection. That's the racket.

      Illumination is cheap around here.

      by walkshills on Wed Jul 26, 2006 at 02:01:01 PM PDT

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  •  Wow, just... wow. (1+ / 0-)
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    If that happened in my town, I'd run for school board myself on the platform "NO IDIOCY." Thanks for the diary.

    "We choose a foreigner to hate / The new Iraq gets more irate / We really know nothing about them, and no one cares." - Barenaked Ladies

    by PhantomFly on Wed Jul 26, 2006 at 02:05:21 PM PDT

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