The National Education Association (NEA), which is the largest teachers union in the United States, has issued a recommended reading list for teachers — which included graphic and disturbing books such as “Gender Queer,” and overtly racist books such as “White Fragility.” The list, titled “Great Summer Reads For Educators,” was published in June.
America's largest teachers union, the National Education Association, just published a list of 11 books as "great summer reads". Among those are "White Fragility" and "Gender Queer". That's right, the NEA endorses racist anti-white screeds and a book with graphic oral sex images… pic.twitter.com/xx4W1GxVsH
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 5, 2023
One of the books on the list is Maia Kobabe’s “Gender Queer,” which includes graphic cartoon illustrations of relations between two males, along with several other extremely inappropriate images. This is just one of many explicit books being shown in classrooms to minors, though many red states have since passed legislation banning these types of lessons for children.
The legislation came after parents across the U.S. began expressing outrage at school board meetings over “Gender Queer” and other explicit books being available to their children.
The NEA’s list includes “Gender Queer” under the “banned books” section.
Another book on the list is Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility,” which the NEA describes as a book that “explores why White people are so bad at talking about racism.”
Other books on the list include a memoir of an LGBT activist titled “All Boys Aren’t Blue,” and various books in a section to “celebrate or understand” Juneteenth.
“If you’re a White person who doesn’t know how to talk about Juneteenth — or how to address more fundamental, but sometimes uncomfortable, topics around race and racism,” you can read “Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man,” the NEA wrote.
The NEA has also published a recommended reading list for children, which includes various books espousing radical gender ideology.
The teachers union recommends “Twas The Night Before Pride” for elementary school students, and “Milo And Marcus At The End Of The World” for young adults — which is a romance novel about a boy hiding being gay from his “deeply religious parents and faith community.”
Conservatives have blasted the NEA for recommending racist and explicit books, with Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) calling the teachers union out during a Wednesday appearance on Fox News.
“This is the same NEA that counseled Biden to keep schools shut for an extended period of time. And it’s the same NEA that said that parents, in fact, were on the verge of being terrorists, showing up at school board meetings. This is who is recommending what books to read for our kids [and that educators] should read as well,” Youngkin said.
“The challenge we’ve got today is that there have been politicians and bureaucrats and the teachers’ associations and unions who believe that they are more important in kids’ lives than parents,” he added.
— GOP (@GOP) July 5, 2023