Oct 11, 2021 - News

Southlake schools fight over anti-racism book

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Schools in Southlake are re-evaluating which books teachers can keep in their classroom libraries after backlash over an anti-racism book.

Why it matters: The wealthy Tarrant County suburb has become a front line in the national fight over the way schools handle issues of race and personal identity.

What’s happening: A fourth-grade teacher was reprimanded by the school district last week after a parent complained about a child bringing home "This Book Is Anti-Racist" by Tiffany Jewell.

  • Teachers in Carroll ISD were given mandatory training on new district-wide rules governing books.

What they’re saying: "How am I supposed to know what 44 sets of parents find offensive?" a Carroll teacher told NBC News.

  • "We’ve been told: 'The parents are our clients. We have to do what they want.' And this is what they want."

Our thought bubble: There's a word for people who oppose anti-racism.

🎧 Worthy of your time: Check out NBC’s excellent, 8-episode podcast about Southlake’s racial reckoning, hosted by national reporter Mike Hixenbaugh.


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