Their Memoir Is One of the Most Banned Books in America
Over the past two years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of books being banned or challenged in school districts across the country. While there’s a long history of book banning and censorship in America, over the 2021 to 2022 school year book banning reached an unprecedented high. What’s even more worrying about this increased censorship is which stories are being censored. The majority of the books being targeted by these bans contain LGBTQ storylines and protagonists of color.
Here today to talk with us about book banning and how we can all show up in the fight against censorship is George M. Johnson. Their memoir, “All Boys Aren’t Blue,” explores themes of gender identity, sexual orientation and race. As Johnson shares their experience growing up black and queer in New Jersey and Virginia. “All Boys Aren’t Blue” was published in 2020 and has become one of the top five most banned books in the country.
In this episode
Host of At Liberty and Senior Executive Producer of Multimedia, American Civil Liberties Union
George M. Johnson
Author, All Boys Aren't Blue
This episode, Their Memoir Is One of the Most Banned Books in America, covers the following issues we work on –