Virginia Beach School Board Member Wants Books About Race By Toni Morrison and Other Black Teachers Banned From the District
According to reports, a Virginia Beach school board member, Victoria Manning, is seeking to ban books about the different curriculum in the public school district. The Virginia resident claimed that some books written by several well -known African American authors were taken from Virginia Beach City Public Schools “because of their pornographic nature.” The books sought to be banned by Victoria Manning Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison; Current Queer by Maia Kobabe; A Lesson Before Death by Ernest Gaines and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.
However, despite her apparent displeasure with the books, Victoria Manning admitted in her letter to the school board that she had not read these titles for herself but I had just written them. Even with that said, Manning is adamant he wants to take the books and the staff involved in approving the novels disciplined.
Manning runs a “wokeness checker” page linked to his own website where he vigorously disseminates the teaching of Critical Race Theory. In the previous interview, he spoke about his beliefs and said,
“Our students and our teachers are taught that our country is inherently racist, and students and teachers fight with each other based on the color of their skin.”
This isn’t the first time Virginia Beach has been in the news about race -related issues. As previously reported, Pharrell Williams It was recently announced that he would not be returning to his ‘Something in the Water’ music festival in town due to the way Virginia Beach managed the murder of his cousin, Donovon Lynch.
Last March, By Pharrell 25-year-old cousin Donovon Lynch shot dead by a Virginia Beach police officer. At a press conference about the incident, the police chief stated:
“The officer was wearing a bodycam, but for unknown reasons at this time, it was not activated. I have no answers the community is looking for regarding the death today.”
Following the news of the festival not being returned Virginia Beach City Manager, Patrick Duhaney, issued an open letter to the famous producer / singer. In part, he writes,
“Before making final decisions, we want the Mayor to fully understand the sentiment that has brought us to this point. With great humility we hope that you and the Festival leadership will be willing to meet with us in person to discuss we work together. ”
Pharrell replied to the letter and wrote back,
“If we do the festival, it’s to ease racial tension, to unite the region, bring economic development opportunities and expand the reach of the local business community. We’ve achieved those things! I ask. the same energy I felt from leading Virginia Beach to the loss of the festival the same way I followed the loss of my relative’s life.I love my town, but the longer it runs and the more toxic it is. strong. ”
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