Banned Books 2019 – The Hate U Give

2019

This award-winning bestselling YA fiction title about the shooting of a young, unarmed black man by a white police officer was challenged at a Springfield (MO) middle school. The original complaint was about the lack of specificity in permission slips, as well as language and sexual situations. The school district pulled the book to review it, a new permission slip was sent out, further complains were made, and the book was pulled again. Its final status is unknown. The Fraternal Order of Police chapter in the South Carolina town of Mount Pleasant sought to have The Hate U Give removed from the Wando High School’s list of
optional reading assignments for incoming high school freshmen, along with All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. The FOP chapter said the books are “almost an indoctrination of distrust of police and we’ve got to put a stop to that.” Both books deal with the issue of police brutality. Following a request for reconsideration process, the school decided to retain both title on the list..

2018

After a parent’s public complaint at a school board meeting, the superintendent of Katy (TX) Independent School District removed the multiple award-winning book from all the school libraries in the district. Teachers and librarians argued against the censorship, which produced overwhelming media uproar. A Katy ISD student circulated a petition gathering over 3,700 signatures to urge reinstatement of the book. The Superintendent held firm in his claim that the book was pervasively vulgar and he was legally right to censor the book. Three months later the critically acclaimed novel about a black teen dealing with the aftermath of witnessing a police shooting that killed her unarmed friend was returned to the district’s high school libraries, available to students only with parental consent.

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A CHALLENGED book has been requested to be removed from a library, classroom, etc.

For additional information contact:

Ron Titus, titus@marshall.edu
(304) 696-6575