Amanda Gorman’s inauguration poem restricted in FL after single parent complaint

LA Times, May 25, 2023, Emily St. Martin

A committee restricted “The Hill We Climb” to elementary school students in Miami-Dade County, FL based on a single complaint from a parent. “Book bans aren’t new but they have been on the rise — according to the [American Library Assn.], 40% more books were challenged in 2022 compared to 2021.”

Many parents who are objecting to books / filing complaints are not actually reading the books to which they are objecting. Instead, they are copying and pasting objections from such websites as Book Looks, which offers a boilerplate for parents to follow and was founded by a member of the Brevard County, Fla., chapter of the group Moms for Liberty.