Great update on this story. It seems Beulah, ND won’t be banning Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil from the high school library after all. I wish I could say it was because the school board came to its senses, but the chairman of the board, Phil Eastgate, said the ban left the board open to a lawsuit it likely could not win.
I’m more impressed though from the school superintendent Rob Lech who, in the Robert Downey Jr. role from Tropic Thunder, said the board may have followed school policy in removing the book but board members missed at least one step, reading the book. He went on to say, “[w]e know it’s a dark, ugly book, but sometimes the world is a dark, ugly place.” That’s right folks, you never go full retard. You have to at least read the book first, and you can’t simply ban things you either don’t like or think is scary.
Nevertheless, the school board is still trying to fuck things up by suggesting the creation of a special class of books which students could only access with parental permission. Naturally, teachers are concerned about what this would mean for their classes. I mean, how can you have as part of your curriculum a book which a parent can deny their kid from having access to? Again, Lech was the voice of reason wondering about the whole process of judging books for this restricted access.
I’ll finish with a quote from high school senior Olivia O’Quinn, “banning books promotes ignorance.”
Btw, Robert Downey Jr. scored an oscar nomination today for his role in Tropic Thunder.