Two thousand copies of books that were banned in Florida, in the United States, will be distributed to fans during the tour de Pink, which will pass through Miami and Sunrise, also in that state. The singer joined the writers’ organization Pen America, which is dedicated to defending authors’ freedom of expression, as a protest against the wave of censorship that has taken hold in some North American states.
The British newspaper guardian says that four books were chosen: The Family Bookby Todd Parr Belovedby Toni Morrison, Girls Who Codeby Stacia Seutsch, and The Will We Climba poem recited by Amanda Gorman during the inauguration ceremony of US President Joe Biden.
According to Pen America, in the 2022/23 academic year, 3,362 cases of book bans were recorded in US public schools, with more than 40% of the cases occurring in Florida.
Pink said that she does not intend to “stand by while books are banned in schools”, since “books are always [lhe] have sparked a special joy since I was a child.” “I can’t imagine my own parents telling me what my children can or cannot read, let alone someone else’s parents or someone who doesn’t even have children deciding what my children can read”, he explained, during a live broadcast on the social network Instagram.
Only authored by Toni Morrison five books were removed from shelves in 30 districts of Florida. Belovedwhich tells about an enslaved family, was removed from libraries and schools in eight school districts in the US state.
The poem The Will We Climb was removed from an elementary school in Miami in May after a mother reported it. It was later discovered that Daily Salinas was associated with Moms of Liberty, a group that seeks to ban books that talk about sexual orientation and racism from schools and libraries.
The book ban follows the Don’t Say Gay law, which aims to prohibit education about sexual orientation or gender identity.