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Book banning is on the ballot Tuesday — right here in Minnesota

On Tuesday, voters in more than two dozen Minnesota school districts will elect school board members who will decide if their students will have the freedom to read books that tell an honest history of race and racism in America – books like mine.

During my 25 years on the faculty at Macalester College, I have written more than 100 books for high school students. Two years ago, four of them were added to a list of more than 850 books that allegedly violated a new Texas law designed to limit how race-related subjects are taught in public schools. The legislation and others like it, including two bills introduced by Republicans in the Minnesota legislature in 2021, have appeared in red-state legislatures with the goal to combat the so-called spread of critical race theory.


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