BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) has asked for all the communication between Brunswick County commissioners and the Board of Education concerning The Color Purple.
Commissioner Pat Sykes recently issued a challenge to remove the Alice Walker novel from the curriculum at West Brunswick High School. She said the sexual content and language used in the book is inappropriate, although she admitted in her written appeal that she only read a portion of the book.
The Brunswick County Board of Education ultimately decided to keep The Color Purple in circulation and reminded that parents and students have the ability to request alternative readings when they receive a syllabus at the beginning of the year.
Now, the ACLU-NCLF is concerned the push to ban the novel could lead to a purge of other classic works of literature.
"We continue to urge the board to support academic freedom and reject calls to ban or make it harder for students to read great works of literature that promote critical thinking and dialogue," said Chris Brook, Legal Director for the ACLU-NCLF.
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