NATIONAL BANNED BOOKS WEEK—SEPTEMBER 22 - 28, 2013
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
Despite having won the 1992 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for its portrayal of minorities, in 1994 Ringgold’s text was challenged in the Spokane elementary school libraries because it stereotypes African Americans as eating fried chicken and watermelon and drinking beer at family picnics. The book is based on the memories of its author’s family rooftop picnics in 1930’s Harlem.
But ask yourself, what ideas are contained in this text that protesters really did not want the students exposed to? Hmmm…