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Brunswick Co. School Board Votes to Keep ‘The Color Purple’ on Reading List

colorpurpleThe Brunswick County Board of Education voted 3-2 Friday to uphold a decision by the county superintendent to keep Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple,” as part of the school system’s high school curriculum. The vote came after the board received public testimony from parents, students, educators, and community members about the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Chris Brook, Legal Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation, released the following statement praising the board’s decision:

“Today’s vote marks a victory for academic freedom and the rights of students. The freedom to read is just as essential to a healthy democracy as the freedom of speech and all other rights protected by the U.S. Constitution. Literary classics such as ‘The Color Purple’ are part of high school curricula across the country precisely because they tackle difficult and challenging topics that compel students to think critically about the world around them. When we deny students access to certain books or ideas, we deny them access to knowledge and the tools necessary for critical thinking. We are glad the board did the right thing today, and we will continue to monitor the situation going forward.”

For more on the controversy over Walker’s book, read this post by NC Policy Watch education reporter Lindsay Wagner.

12 Comments


  1. Skeptic

    January 3, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Wow. That’s amazing. It’ll probably get zero coverage by the MSM. We can’t let the state look good, now…

  2. HunterC

    January 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Who were the 2 dolts that voted to take a Pulitzer Prize-winning book out of high school?

  3. Alan

    January 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    While the outcome must be applauded, it’s disconcerting that the vote was 3:2. It would be interesting to see the grounds on which the ‘2’ voted to ban it.

  4. GOP Rules

    January 3, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I thought there was no “MSM” according to sources on this site….LOL.

  5. Alan

    January 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    GOP Rules, I think you’re referring to the Lame Stream Media (LSM) ???

  6. Skeptic

    January 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Alan–He’s not. It’s called the laaaaame streeeeeam meeeeeeedia. Ostensibly, the School Board thought sex and violence were “age inappropriate” for 17-year-olds. Go figure.

  7. LayintheSmakDown

    January 3, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I thought it was the State Controlled Media, but Lamestream works pretty good too.

  8. rose mitchel

    January 4, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Are these parents aware of what their children may learn about an era we should talk about?

  9. LayintheSmakDown

    January 6, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Rose, most parents are not aware of what their kids are being indoctrinated with in the government schools. Most people fail to question what is being pushed on them and if it is something they feel their children should be involved in. Of course it also applies to adults as well since a good many of people rarely question things that are presented in the news, on websites, and in the papers.

  10. Alan

    January 7, 2014 at 7:44 am

    “Indoctinated with in government schools”. That’s just plain crazy talk.

  11. Alan

    January 7, 2014 at 7:54 am

    LOL….

    “Of course it also applies to adults as well since a good many of people rarely question things that are presented in the news, on websites, and in the papers”

    Yeah, like Faux News viewers..

  12. […] The Color Purple in the Brunswick County schools had run out of steam once and for all with the 3-2 “no” vote on January 3. Judging by the comments of chief book ban champion, board member Catherine Cooke, things may just […]

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