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- Several of the titles included in the supposed "anti-woke banned book list" are recommended reading in Florida classrooms. The account that shared the image Aug. 23 later said the post was satirical.
In recent weeks, social media users have criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over his policies to crack down on classroom instruction around LGBTQ issues and race.
The latest instance might have left some parents fearing for their school libraries.
An image, circulating on Twitter and Facebook, ostensibly shows a "banned book list" in Florida. In a now-deleted tweet Aug. 21, an account named "Freesus Patriot," posted the image with the caption: "Florida's Anti-Woke banned book list."
The term "anti-woke" is reminiscent of Florida's "Stop W.O.K.E. Act," which allows the state to regulate how race and gender is addressed in school. Although "Freesus Patriot" later said the list was satirical, some people thought it was authentic.
The list featured 25 popular books, including Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird," Alice Walker’s "The Color Purple" and Madeleine L’Engle’s "A Wrinkle in Time."
Tweet, Aug. 21, 2022
Tweet, Aug. 22, 2022
Tweet, Aug. 22, 2022
The Florida Senate, HB 1467, assessed Aug. 23, 2022
PEN America, Banned in the USA, assessed Aug. 23, 2022
PEN America, Book Banning in Walton County, assessed Aug. 23, 2022
Florida Department of Education, BEST Standards, assessed Aug. 23, 2022
Email interview with Bryan Griffin, DeSantis' press secretary, Aug. 23, 2022
Email interview with Summer Lopez, chief program officer at PEN America, Aug. 23, 2022
PolitiFact, Video showing Ron DeSantis arguing with Sean Hannity about a 'raid' is satire, Aug. 15, 2022
Florida Department of Education, B.E.S.T. Standards, accessed Aug. 24
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