The Unz Review:ㅤThe Left’s “Book Banning” Meme: Fact vs Fiction, by Jason Kessler


17-09-22 04:20:00,

Earlier: The NYT’s “Banned Books” List: Grossly Misleading As A Measure Of American Close-Mindedness

A persistent, highly-mocked social media meme is that of prominent Democrats reading what they claim to be “banned books.†The meme’s implication: conservatives and Republicans are censoring what kids can read in school or borrow from the public library. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s Leftists and Democrats are censoring books—for what they perceive to be “racism†or other objectionable reasons.

For those unfamiliar with the Democrat-reads-a-banned-book meme, consider a few examples:

California Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted an image of himself “reading†an allegedly banned book, Toni Morrison’s Beloved. “Reading some banned books to figure out what these states are so afraid of,†he wrote.

As’s James Fulford reported, if Newsom actually read Beloved, he’d discover the following:

[T]he N-word, 37 instances, and the F-word, only four, but when I checked the F-word reference, I found that Morrison was talking about young black men, sexually frustrated 20-something farmhands, f—ing cows.

Or rather, because of size issues, calves, and this is in Chapter One, which is presumably the one he’s reading….

Gavin Newson Reads Toni Morrison’s BELOVED, Which Features Young Black Men Having Sex With Calves, Wonders What Fuss Is About – @Steve_Sailer

— VDARE (@vdare) March 31,

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