I haven’t read the book, but from descriptions others have provided of it, I’d be absolutely livid if I took the time to read Vamos a Cuba. What makes me even angerier is that they’ve just banned it at all Miami-Dade County school libraries. Here’s a clip fromon the topic:
In a 6-3 vote, board members decided the book Vamos a Cuba, or A Visit to Cuba, was inappropriate for young readers because of inaccuracies and omissions.
“A book that misleads, confounds or confuses has no part in the education of our students, most especially elementary students, who are most impressionable and vulnerable,” said board member Perla Tabares Hantman, who supported the June 14 ban.
The school district owns 49 copies of the book in Spanish and English. The father of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary School student complained in April about the book’s depiction of life under communist rule.
Appeals to a previous school-board ruling keeping the book in the school’s library were amended to ban the book in all 33 schools in the district. Superintendent Rudy Crew had suggested parental consent be required for borrowing the book, or that a sticker on the cover advise parents of the book’s weaknesses.
The ACLU is fighting the ban:
Board member Robert Ingram said he only supported the ban out of fear for his family’s safety and to invite a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.
“There’s a passion of hate,” Ingram said. “I can’t vote my conscience without feeling threatened “” that should never happen in this community any more.”
The ACLU of Florida was preparing a legal challenge to the ban, Executive Director Howard Simon said in a statement.
“Today’s precedent “” if allowed to stand “” opens the door to yank virtually any book off the shelf of a school library at the whim of a single parent and a school board judgment that there is some inaccuracy or omission in a book,” Simon said. “The fight for freedom in Cuba cannot be waged as a war on the First Amendment in Miami.”
An op-ed supporting the ban surprisingly provided the following quote:
If all books containing inaccuracies were banned, there would be only one left on the shelves — the dictionary — and even that would be subject to debate. Life evolves, and nothing remains static. No book remains 100 percent accurate over a lifetime.
It never ceases to amaze me that in combatting communism many resort to communism’s tactics. The School Board has opened a Pandora’s box. The members who voted to remove Vamos a Cuba should be ashamed.
Joseph McCarthy is attributed with, “McCarthyism is Americanism with its sleeves rolled.”
I’m merely wondering if those sleeves are rolled up to conceal some swazika emblazoned armband.