Call it 'removal' or 'banning,' the battle over 'Stamped' is a proxy for the culture war
On this episode of The Newsroom: how one parent’s efforts to remove a single book from a New Hanover County school curriculum became a proxy for the culture wars.
In a five-hour hearing, both sides argued the fate of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. It’s a book based on the work of Ibram X. Kendi — but the debate went way beyond this one book, and said a lot about our current political moment and the state of public education.
To unpack this story, we're joined by WHQR's Rachel Keith, who has been covering the debate over Stamped for months.
WHQR coverage of the 'Stamped' controversy
- Unpacking the removal of 'Stamped' by the New Hanover County Board of Education
- One parent is responsible for a book ban in North Carolina
- NHC school board temporarily removes the ‘Stamped’ from the district’s classrooms
- Books on race and sexuality among the most targeted across N.C. schools
- Local leaders weigh in on upcoming hearing on ‘Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You’
- New Hanover county school board sets public hearing date for “Stamped”
- The public weighs in on “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You”
- The rhetoric over “Stamped” is heating up
- NHC school board set to hold public hearing on "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You"
- New Hanover County school board will now decide “Stamped” book challenge (Second MTAC Committee report)
- 'Stamped' out? The battle to remove an AP-English book from a New Hanover County school (First MTAC Committee report)
- NHCSO investigated schools for ‘obscene and pornographic’ books, DA found no unlawful content
Other links mentioned in this show:
- One parent is responsible for a book ban in North Carolina (Rachel Keith for NPR)
- Books on race and sexuality among the most targeted across N.C. schools (Collaborative reporting from North Carolina public radio stations)
- Bill Moyers Essay: Thomas Jefferson’s betrayal — The difficult truths behind Independence Day
- PBS FRONTLINE reporting on Jefferson's relationship with Sally Hemings, a woman he enslaved and fathered at least six children with