Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” Banned from Idaho School District

Sherman Alexie's book causes uproar again.

Sherman Alexie’s book causes uproar again.

More than 100 parents & students showed up to voice opinions at public hearing held by the school board

MERIDAN, IDAHO — The school board in Meridian, Idaho has banned Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2007 and was on the “New York Times” best-seller list.

Award-winning book proves controversal among some parents.

Award-winning book proves controversal among some parents.

In the book, Alexie, who is Spokane/Coer d’Alene, freely writes about topics about racism and sexuality.`

By a vote of two-to-one, the school board voted to ban the book from its curriculum after some parents complained about language, racial epithets and “anti-Chrisitan” rhetoric contained within the book. The book had been on list of supplemental reading for 10th-graders in the school district.

More than 100 residents, including parents and students, showed up for a two-hour public hearing. Most voiced an opinion to ban the book.

The book has met controvesy since its release.

In January,  “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”stirred controversy from parents of students who were assigned the book as part of their studies in Miami.

Last summer the award-winning book was banned in New York City after parents complained.

“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” is about a fictional character named Arnold Spirit, whose nickname is Junior, who transfers from a school located on the Spokane Indian Reservation to an almost all-Caucasian school.

While it the book was banned from the cirriculum, it will remain on the book shelves at middle- and high-schools in the district.

The Meridan School District is the largest school district in Idaho.

 

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