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US conservatives linked to rich donors wage campaign to ban books from schools

Monday 24th January 2022

Experts say trend is accelerating as groups push for bans of works that often address race, LGBTQ issues and marginalized people

Conservative groups across the US, often linked to deep-pocketed rightwing donors, are carrying out a campaign to ban books from school libraries, often focused on works that address race, LGBTQ issues or marginalized communities.

Literature has already been removed from schools in Texas, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming. Librarians and teachers warn the trend is on the increase, as groups backed by wealthy Republican donors use centrally drawn up tactics and messaging to harangue school districts into removing certain texts.

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