State Rep. Matt Krause (R), chair of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, sent a letter to the Texas Education Agency, in addition to some school district superintendents, that included a list of 850 books under investigation for containing information about racism or LGBTQ+ issues. He also said schools should identify any other books they have that cover topics related to sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and STIs, as well as any book that might make students feel “discomfort” or “psychological distress” by “consciously or unconsciously” implying that their race is “inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive,” using language from white parents this past year who protested school districts to stop teaching about racism. The list includes books on diversity and historic LGBTQ+ figures including books on Harvey Milk, “Being Jazz” by Jazz Jennings, and popular anti-fascist stories like V for Vendetta and The Handmaiden’s Tale.
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