Politician: Ban Toni Morrison Novel From Schools
The Bluest Eye becomes flashpoint in Common Core debate
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 30, 2013 1:21 PM CDT
Author Toni Morrison signs copies of her latest book "Home," during Google's online program series, Authors At Google, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 in New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – Horrified by its depictions of child molestation and incest, Alabama state Sen. Bill Holtzclaw is calling for Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye to be struck from all high school reading lists in the state. "The book is just completely objectionable, from language to content," Holtzclaw tells the Alabama Media Group. He also said he'd "probably" support removing it from school libraries. Federal "Common Core" standards list the Bluest Eye as a recommended book for 11th-graders.

And that appears to be the real root of the controversy. Tea Party groups have been railing against Common Core recently as a big government intrusion, the Atlantic Wire explains. Hotzclaw has been under pressure from these groups since he opposed a bill to repeal the standards. With a long history of being banned or challenged, Morrison's book makes a convenient target. The conservative blog Politichicks recently posted a number of graphic quotes from it, under the headline "Common Core Approved Child Pornography."

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Honestinwilkesbarre
Sep 1, 2013 3:29 AM CDT
Here's a solution. Edit the book so that the child molestation becomes sex education and incest becomes homosexual sex. It'll be required reading, then!
HMD-SMD-ITY
Aug 31, 2013 5:42 PM CDT
Let them watch, "The Clinton Chronicles." Its either a work of fiction, a biographical account of syphilis in chief and the queen of mean, or factual information from hundreds of interviews of residents of Mena, Little Rock, Fort Smith, and Arkansas supreme court justices. Either way, Hellary is now starting to quote several of the allegations as she laughs and says, "Oh the things they say about me." Then take a very close look at her inflections and intonations. Run them through a cryptic decoder and it says, "All truth of course."
StevieGee
Aug 31, 2013 11:49 AM CDT
What's the easiest way to get an 11th grader to read a book? Tell them they can't read it. Of course, in Alabama there's a good chance that they really can't.