Thomas County library faces backlash over 'pornographic' books in children's section
THOMASVILLE, GEORGIA: Parents in Georgia town have expressed their distressing concern over woke collection of books in the children's section at the local Thomas County Public Library. Georgia mothers have criticized some of the books as downright "pornographic" and said they belonged in the adult section as children "don’t need pictures of men and men in bed together," as reported by the DailyMail.
The parents have voiced their complaints against four books at the Thomas County Public Library in Thomasville, Georgia, that reportedly included the queer manifesto 'All Boys Aren't Blue' and a sexuality guide called 'It's Perfectly Normal'. Georgia parents have claimed their children do not need to be exposed to such content as "how to have group sex" and that the books should be moved from the children's section to the teenager section, at the very least, DailyMail reported.
One book titled 'All Boys Aren't Blue' is slated as a queer 'memoir manifesto' by the author George M Johnson. The book is a collection of personal essays by the author from his childhood to different stages of life while growing up BLACK and queer. However, the much-hyped and controversial book has reportedly been banned by 29 school districts across the country. The author, Johnson, who uses 'they/them' pronouns - talking about the book told NPR in a recent interview, "Any time you write a book where you write about your truth, there are going to be people who want to silence that truth."
At a board meeting, a mother, Carla Defnall, complained about the book 'It's Perfectly Normal' which is reportedly a sexual guide for children, and said, "It seems clear to me that this book is pornographic and it is against the law to furnish it to children and teens." She added, "I have marked all of the narratives and pictures, which I will be happy to show," reported by Thomasville Times-Enterprise. Another mother, Mary Beth Huber, also had similar concerns and said, "We picked up the same book in the little teeny children’s section, and they don’t need a detailed description on how to have group sex."
"They don’t need pictures of men and men in bed together, or men and women in bed together. These are our concerns for our little children. Put the book in the adult section," she said. The parents also revolted against two other books, 'The Hate U Give' - a story that explores police brutality against BLACK youth and teenagers. Another book 'Me and Earl The Dying Girl,' talks about a teenage girl dying from leukemia. The Georgia library also promotes the book 'Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out' which was added in its latest addition this year. The Thomas County Public Library plans to meet with the parents again in November to discuss the books in question.