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Family Challenges Two Books over N-Word

Magazine article American Libraries

Family Challenges Two Books over N-Word

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The parents of an 11-year-old student at the Hillsborough County (Fla.) School District's Turner Elementary School in New Tampa announced in mid-March that they would seek the removal of two media-center novels that contain the n-word: The Land by Mildred Taylor and The Starplace by Vicki Grove. "I want them pulled," Darryl Brown, a doctoral student in education at the University of South Florida, said in the March 17 St. Petersburg Times. "There needs to be an examination of these words that elementary school kids are reading."

Brown and his wife Alytrice Brown told the Times that they originally expressed their concern to the assistant principal in January after their daughter Ashyaa told them she had found the offensive word in The Starplace, a story about an interracial middle-school friendship in 1960s Oklahoma. However, the family was not advised how to file a challenge until two months later, Mr. Brown explained, telling how he called again in March because another student who was reading The Land directed the epithet against Ashyaa. …

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