Right wing plot to destroy public libraries

In Jamestown, Michigan, the local public library has about six months to run out of funding and may be forced to close.

Last week, residents voted against passing a millage property tax increase to fund the Patmos Public Library. What can a city do against its own library? Homosexual and hateful rhetoric—specifically, the misperception that children’s books with LGBTQ characters are secretly about pornography or being used to abuse children—has increased over the past year. The conservative worldview has exploded.

“A 50 percent millage increase to prepare our children? Don’t vote on the library,” read one sign seen around town before voters headed to the polls.

Debbie Mikula, executive director of the Michigan Library Association, said she believes the bill did not pass because the library has books with LGBTQ themes. “This is a complete campaign against the library,” he said.

Two library directors at Patmos left this spring. One said it was due to allegations of online harassment and child abuse.

The library board has less than two weeks to get the return on the ballot for a vote in November. If they don’t, the library will likely have to close permanently.

The people of Jamestown are “very, very conservative,” Mikula said, “and they’re holding the library hostage.”

“Over the past few years, public libraries have taken a strong stand for racial justice and queer rights and representation,” said Alison Macrena, director of the Library Freedom Project. “It’s definitely a reaction to that.”

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Conservative scorn for most public institutions, such as schools or public health institutions, is not a new phenomenon. Consider the method. Right-wing people treated government officials. WHO Tried to end the effects of the Corona virus pandemic.. But now, perhaps encouraged by openly far-right politicians, they have set their sights on our public libraries.

“I’ve seen Republicans try to take over school boards all my life, but this is completely different,” said Allison Macrina, director of the Library Freedom Project, a nonprofit organization, about the shift in public libraries. said

Just as parents in the ’80s and ’90s worried about their children joining satanic cults, suburban moms are now tossing the horrors of books at night that show anything but conservative Christian morality.

“Over the past few years, public libraries have taken a strong stand for racial justice and queer rights and representation,” Macrina said. “It’s definitely a reaction to that.”

And it’s a reaction that’s being seen around America

A public library in Winton, Iowa — a small town of about 5,000 residents — closed temporarily in July after most of the staff left because of threats against its LGBTQ members. Townspeople complained that there weren’t enough books about former President Donald Trump, that LGBTQ books were on display, and that members of the LGBTQ community worked there. According to the Iowa starting line. The library reopened with a volunteer staff.

In Llano County, Texas, the county commission shut down the public library system for a few days in December Check out the books available for children. And remove any objectionable ones. They specifically targeted 850 books that GOP state Rep. Matt Cruz personally deemed inappropriate for children earlier this year. They said His list of books included books that “may cause students to feel pain, guilt, grief, or any other psychological distress because of their race or gender.”

Suzette Baker, a librarian at the county, reportedly refused to go along. She told local reporters in March that she had been. He was fired from his job Books not to be removed, including a memoir by Jazz Jennings, a transgender teenager. “It’s a biography of her life growing up as a transgender teenager, and obviously this group thought it was a lot for their kids to read,” Baker said. “No one is forcing their kids to read anything.”

now, Residents are suing the county.arguing that banning the book was censorship and a violation of their First and 14th Amendment rights.

A Man Sits In The Houston Public Library On April 26, 2022 In Houston, Texas.  A Group Of Local Residents Is Suing Llano County In Federal Court Over The County'S Removal And Censoring Of Library Books That Address Racism And Lgbtq Issues.
A man sits in the Houston Public Library on April 26, 2022 in Houston, Texas. A group of local residents is suing Llano County in federal court over the county’s removal and censorship of library books that address racism and LGBTQ issues.

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Free speech advocates have noted that targeting public libraries is not limited to one or two states.

“It can’t be a coincidence that so many people across the country are getting the same message,” Jonathan Friedman, director of free expression and education programs at PEN America, told OlxPraca. “They’re taking some of that ‘stolen election’ energy and channeling it into public schools and public libraries.”

But there isn’t really a single group leading the charge — instead various groups, including Mom for Liberty or Catholic Vote, are pushing the same narrative.

“The nature of their organization is that ideas bounce from group to group on Facebook,” Macrina said.

Moms For Liberty is a right-wing group with an unusual name that was started by two former school board members in Florida in 2021 to fight for “parental rights,” including mask mandates and “critical racial “Ideology” includes battles against The group now claims to have 160 chapters in 33 states.

As Media Matters reported.Moms For Liberty is partnering with conservative groups to flood public libraries with children’s books. They Approve, such as an anti-trans children’s book or a book that paints Rush Limbaugh as a hero — regardless of how parents of LGBTQ or black children might feel.

For Pride Month, the conservative political advocacy group Catholic Vote launched a campaign called “Hide the Pride.” In June, the group encouraged parents to go to their public libraries and check out any LGBTQ or other books that conservatives don’t like — to prevent other people from reading them. “Do you see rainbow-trans-BLM flags everywhere? Including in your public, taxpayer-funded spaces? We do. And we’re up to the challenge,” the library reiterated. Read an online flyer with how-to instructions.

The group encouraged people to visit their libraries in groups and record themselves checking out books, then posted the photos online. The group argued that its campaign was fair because parents were not consulted before the books were placed in their libraries.

The obvious solution for these parents is to not allow their children to read about LGBTQ issues or racial justice. But that’s not why they’re targeting libraries.

“They’re not interested in compromising,” Friedman said. “Their goal is to shut them down and stop them completely.”

The United States has a long tradition of book banning.In the 1980s, the Moral Majority, a group founded by Jerry Falwell, led the charge for book banning. Thanks to the election of Ronald Reagan, Christian evangelicals were gaining influence in public life – and they objected to any book that did not reflect their beliefs.

But while the movements echo each other, the new effort to ban books has certainly changed things.

Right-wing culture warriors also have the support of elected officials. As they began their crusade, laws banning the books began to appear in state legislatures.

“I’ve never seen this kind of effort to change the rules,” Macrina said. “You’re really seeing it on a micro level now.”

Even Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) have talked about banning the books in speeches, making book censorship red meat for Republican voters.

“The reactionaries are now promoting themselves as Christian nationalists. They vehemently denied that they were,” Macrina said. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.), a popular figure in the right-wing movement, now Selling t-shirts Identifying yourself as such.

These groups not only want to rid public libraries of books they don’t like, but also want to reshape public life as we know it. That is why they claim that they are being censored and that they are promoting freedom but they are only concerned with conservative views.

“It kind of comes from the Trumpian playbook,” Friedman said. All government institutions are enemies of the state.

And it’s only a matter of time before they set their sights on another institution.

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