US News: in Texas, the Conservatives make the police against books sensitizing schoolchildren to racism and gender identity

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  Au Texas, les conservateurs font la police contre les livres sensibilisant les écoliers au racisme et à l’identité de genre © Copyright 2021, Obs

behind media coverage and cries of emotion around the "Cancel Culture" and the concept of the "wokism", a school war is declared to the Texas, where the authorities of this Conservative State of the South of the United States attack books sensitive to schoolchildren with racism and gender identity, that they guilt the white children.

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Illustration of this offensive, led by about fifteen states in the country, a comic book relating the non-intentional micro-aggression that an Afro- American suffers because of its skin color was removed in October school libraries from Western Houston. "New Kid", from Jerry Craft, is part of a list of 850 works established by a parliamentary committee which investigates schools on books evoking racism or institutional sexism.

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The debates on these books "will multiply through the country in urban areas where there is a conservative pressure at the state level but where we are more democrat locally," explains to AFP Brandon Rottinghaus, a teacher political science at the University of Houston.

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The "wokism", a concept inherited from African American culture

The Conservatives also denounce the teaching of the "critical theory of race", a current of thought analyzing racism in the United States as a system, with its Laws and logics of power to the advantage of white people, rather than individual prejudice against minorities.

It is a question of fighting the "Woke" culture, a term developed by the American left to designate the awareness of the injustices especially related to the color of skin or the genus, and which led to the setting up. Index of books containing racial stereotypes. He has since fallen into disuse in militant and circles recovered by the Conservatives on the right , in the United States as in France.

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The Association of Texas Librarians regretted "growing censorship" in that state, recalling that a "parent has the right to determine what is better for his child, but not For all children ".

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The Texas Teachers' Association qualified the parliamentary survey of "witch hunting" after the vote of a law very precisely governing the way subjects such as racial or sexual inequalities should be taught.

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The book "New Kid" finally found its place in the shelves. It has been translated into ten tongues ("the new", in French) and crowned with prestigious prices. Inspired by his personal experience and that of his children, Jerry Craft evokes with finesse the difficulties of an African-American college to integrate into a predominantly white private establishment. "If we were working together and that I did not know something that offends you, you should be able to tell me without my angry," he explains to AFP.

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