A school district in Fort Worth, Texas, has ordered its librarians to remove an illustrated adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank” from their shelves and digital libraries, along with the Bible and dozens of other books.
The Keller Independent School District in Keller, Texas, set off this book purge supposedly after conservative activist parents and school board members challenged the books on grounds ranging from their LGBT-friendly content to their supposed connections to “critical race theory.” Some of these challenges have ensnared books with Jewish themes in the past.
The book in question- “Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation,” by Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman and illustrator David Polonsky, is a 2019 illustrated adaptation of the bestselling diary by the teenage Holocaust victim. The parental challenge against the book came in February, which was quite likely triggered by the unabridged diary’s references to female genitalia, same-sex attraction, and other sexual matters, which have been deemed “pornographic” by parental challenges in the past.
Other books which will presumably now be removed include Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye,” Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home” and Jon Ronson’s “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.”